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.
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.
Avis Budget Group (CAR), together with its subsidiaries, provides car and truck rentals, and ancillary services to businesses and consumers worldwide. This stock closed up 9% at $43.61 in Thursday's trading session.
Thursday's Volume: 6.09 million
Three-Month Average Volume: 1.55 million
Volume % Change: 251%
From a technical perspective, CAR soared sharply higher here and broke out into new 52-week-high territory above some near-term overhead resistance at $42.48 with monster upside volume. This marked the second trading session in a row that CAR saw unusual upside volume flows. Market players should now look for a continuation move higher in the short-term if CAR manages to take out Thursday's high of $44.64 with strong volume.