Stocks that are making large moves like these are favorites among short-term traders because they can jump into these names and try to capture some of that massive volatility. Stocks that are making big-percentage moves either up or down are usually in play because their sector is becoming attractive or they have a major fundamental catalyst such as a recent earnings release. Sometimes stocks making big moves have been hit with an analyst upgrade or an analyst downgrade.
Regardless of the reason behind it, when a stock makes a large-percentage move, it is often just the start of a new major trend -- a trend that can lead to huge profits. If you time your trade correctly, combining technical indicators with fundamental trends, discipline and sound money management, you will be well on your way to investment success.
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at a several stocks under $10 that are making large moves to the upside.
Cytokinetics (CYTK), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, focuses on the discovery and development of novel small-molecule therapeutics that modulate muscle function for the potential treatment of serious diseases and medical conditions. This stock closed up 4.7% to $5.17 in Tuesday's trading session.
Tuesday's Range: $4.95-$5.22
52-Week Range: $3.96-$14.28
Tuesday's Volume: 1.05 million
Three-Month Average Volume: 1.45 million
From a technical perspective, CYTK surged sharply higher here with decent upside volume. This spike higher on Tuesday is quickly pushing shares of CYTK within range of triggering a big breakout trade. That trade will hit if CYTK manages to take out Tuesday's intraday high of $5.22 to its recent gap-down-day high of $5.45 with high volume.
Traders should now look for long-biased trades in CYTK as long as it's trending above its recent breakout levels of $4.73 to $4.78 and then once it sustains a move or close above $5.22 to $5.45 with volume that hits near or above 1.45 million shares. If that breakout hits soon, then CYTK will set up to re-fill some of its previous gap-down-day zone from April that started above $13.