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.>>5 Big Stocks to Trade Now 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. >>5 Stocks Set to Soar on Bullish Earnings With that in mind, let's take a look at several stocks rising on unusual volume today.
Three-Month Average Volume: 1.39 million
Volume % Change: 100% >>4 Biotech Stocks Under $10 Making Big Moves From a technical perspective, BMRN jumped higher here and broke out above some near-term overhead resistance at $65.75 with above-average volume. This stock has been trending sideways for the last month, with shares moving between $65.75 on the upside and $62 on the downside. This move on Wednesday has now started to push BMRN above the upper end of its recent range with solid upside volume flows. Traders should now look for long-biased trades in BMRN as long as it's trending above $64, and then once it sustains a move or close above Wednesday's high of $67.04 with volume that's near or above 1.39 million shares. If we get that move soon, then BMRN will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $69.79 to its 52-week high at $71.56.
Three-Month Average Volume: 728,406
Volume % Change: 130% >>5 Stocks With Big Insider Buying From a technical perspective, SGMO ripped higher here right above some near-term support at $9.50 and into breakout territory above $10.40 with strong upside volume. This move is quickly pushing shares of SGMO within range of triggering another big breakout trade. That trade will hit if SGMO manages to take out some near-term overhead resistance levels at $10.92 to its 52-week high at $11.24 with high volume. Traders should now look for long-biased trades in SGMO as long as it's trending above some near-term support levels at $10 or $9.50, and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that's near or above 728,406 shares. If that breakout hits soon, then SGMO will set up to enter new 52-week-high territory, which is bullish technical price action. Some possible upside targets off that breakout are $12 to $15.
Three-Month Average Volume: 972,073
Volume % Change: 165% >>5 Rocket Stocks to Buy Before They Blast Off From a technical perspective, TEAR jumped modestly higher here right off its 50-day moving average of $12.03 with strong upside volume flows. This stock has been uptrending strong for the last six months, with shares moving higher from its low of $5.30 to its recent high of $15.18. During that uptrend, shares of TEAR have been making mostly higher lows and higher highs, which is bullish technical price action. That move now has TEAR trending within range of triggering a big breakout trade. That trade will hit if TEAR manages to take out some near-term overhead resistance levels at $14.28 to its 52-week high at $15.18 with high volume. Traders should now look for long-biased trades in TEAR as long as it's trending above its 50-day at $12.03 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that's near or above 972,073 shares. If that breakout hits soon, then TEAR will set up to enter new 52-week-high territory, which is bullish technical price action. Some possible upside targets off that breakout are $18 to $20. To see more stocks rising on unusual volume, check out the Stocks Rising on Unusual Volume portfolio on Stockpickr. -- Written by Roberto Pedone in Delafield, Wis.
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