5 Big Stocks to Trade (or Not)

BALTIMORE ( Stockpickr) -- Put down the 10-K filings and the stock screeners. It's time to take a break from the traditional methods of generating investment ideas. Instead, let the crowd do it for you.

From hedge funds to individual investors, scores of market participants are turning to social media to figure out which stocks are worth watching. It's a concept that's known as "crowdsourcing," and it uses the masses to identify emerging trends in the market.

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Crowdsourcing has long been a popular tool for the advertising industry, but it also makes a lot of sense as an investment tool. After all, the market is completely driven by the supply and demand, so it can be valuable to see what names are trending among the crowd.

While some fund managers are already trying to leverage social media resources like Twitter to find algorithmic trading opportunities, for most investors, crowdsourcing works best as a starting point for investors who want a starting point in their analysis. Today, we'll leverage the power of the crowd to take a look at some of the most active stocks on the market today.

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These "most active" names are the most heavily traded names on the market -- and often, uber-active names have some sort of a technical or fundamental catalyst driving investors' attention on shares. That's especially true now that earnings season is officially underway. And when there's a big catalyst, there's often a trading opportunity.

Without further ado, here's a look at today's stocks.

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Two Harbors Investment

Nearest Resistance: $14
Nearest Support: $13
Catalyst: Share Offering

It may seem unlikely that mid-cap mortgage REIT Two Harbors Investment ( TWO) ranks as one of today's most actively traded stocks. The $4.1 billion company is only off 1.37% today, yet it's already traded around six times its normal volume only midway through Tuesday's market session. Two Harbors is seeing its attention as the result of a 50 million share offering that got announced after the close yesterday. The news is proving enough to spark significant activity in shares.

From a technical standpoint, Two Harbors is seeing some interesting price action. The stock has been rallying hard for the last four months, up more than 23% since mid-November. But shares hit hard resistance at $14, a price level that's threatening to put an end to the stock's rally.

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