3 Stocks With Unusual Volume to Watch

DELAFIELD, Wis. ( Stockpickr) -- Professional traders running mutual funds and hedge funds don't just look at a stock's price moves; they also track big changes in volume activity. Often when above-average volume moves into an equity, it precedes a large spike in volatility.

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Major moves in volume can signal unusual activity, such as insider buying or selling -- or buying or selling by "superinvestors."

Unusual volume can also be a major signal that hedge funds and momentum traders are piling into a stock ahead of a catalyst. These types of traders like to get in well before a large spike, so it's always a smart move to monitor unusual volume. That said, remember to combine trend and price action with unusual volume. Put them all together to help you decipher the next big trend for any stock.

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With that in mind, let's take a look at several stocks rising on unusual volume today.

Jones Group

Jones Group ( JNY) designs, markets and wholesales branded apparel, footwear, jeanswear, jewelry and handbags. This stock closed up 4.1% at $16.01 in Monday's trading session.

Monday's Volume: 1.84 million
Three-Month Average Volume: 935,116
Volume % Change: 100%

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From a technical perspective, JNY ripped higher here with above-average volume. This spike is coming after shares of JNY recently sold off from its high of $17 to its intraday low of $15.29. Shares of JNY now look ready to reverse that downtrend and potentially trigger a major breakout trade. That trade will hit if JNY manages to take out some near-term overhead resistance levels at $16.45 to its 52-week high at $17 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in JNY as long as it's trending above Monday's low of $15.29 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 935,116 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then JNY will set up to enter new 52-week-high territory, which is bullish technical price action. Some possible upside targets off that breakout are $20 to $23.

Keep in mind that JNY is set to report earnings on July 31 before the market open. I would look to play that breakout ahead of the quarter and then readjust the next breakout levels after earnings if the stock reacts positively to the numbers.

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