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.
With that in mind, let's take a look at several stocks rising on unusual volume recently.
Lamar Advertising (LAMR) operates as an outdoor advertising company in the U.S. This stock closed up 5.2% at $52.45 in Wednesday's trading session.
Wednesday's Volume: 6 million
Three-Month Average Volume: 1.22 million
Volume % Change: 384%
From a technical perspective, LAMR ripped sharply higher here back above its 50-day moving average of $51.51 with heavy upside volume. This move is quickly pushing shares of LAMR within range of triggering a big breakout trade. That trade will hit if LAMR manages to take out some near-term overhead resistance levels at $53.35 to its 52-week high at $54.12 with high volume.
Traders should now look for long-biased trades in LAMR as long as it's trending above its 50-day at $51.51 or above Wednesday's low of $49.62 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that's near or above 1.22 million shares. If that breakout hits soon, then LAMR will set up to enter new 52-week-high territory, which is bullish technical price action. Some possible upside targets off that breakout are $60 to $65.