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.

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.

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

Crescent Point Energy

  • Monday's Volume: 455,000
  • Three-Month Average Volume: 505,777
  • Volume % Change: 134%

Crescent Point Energy  (CPG - Get Report) acquires, explores, develops and produces oil and natural gas properties in Western Canada and the U.S. This stock is trading up 3.4% to $14.29 in Monday's trading session.

From a technical perspective, Crescent Point Energy is spiking notably higher here right above its new 52-week low of $13.52 with decent upside volume flows. This stock has been downtrending badly for the last three months and change, with shares falling sharply from its high of $26.01 to its recent low of $13.52. During that downtrend, shares of Crescent Point Energy have been consistently making lower highs and lower lows, which is bearish technical price action. That said, this stock has now started to rebound off that $13.52 low and it's beginning to move within range of triggering a major breakout trade. That trade will hit if this stock manages to take out some key near-term overhead resistance levels at $15 to its 20-day at $15.47 and then above more resistance at $15.60 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in Crescent Point Energy as long as it's trending above its new 52-week low of $13.52 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 505,777 shares. If that breakout gets underway soon, then this stock will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $17 to $18, or even its 50-day moving average of $18.69 a share.

Alon USA Partners

  • Monday's Volume: 254,000
  • Three-Month Average Volume: 174,108
  • Volume % Change: 147%

Alon USA Partners  (ALDW) refines and markets petroleum products primarily in the South Central and Southwestern regions of the U.S. This stock is trading up 3.7% to $24.87 in Monday's trading session.

From a technical perspective, Alon USA Partners is spiking higher here right above its 20-day moving average of $22.70 with above-average volume. This stock has been uptrending over the last few weeks, with shares moving higher from its low of $19.53 to its recent high of $25.50. During that uptrend, shares of Alon USA Partners have been making mostly higher lows and higher highs, which is bullish technical price action. This move to the upside on Monday is now quickly pushing shares of this stock within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade. That trade will trigger if shares of Alon USA Partners manages to take out its all-time high of $25.50 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in Alon USA Partners as long as it's trending above Monday's intraday low of $23.74 or above its 20-day at $22.70 and then once it sustains a move or close above $25.50 with volume that hits near or above 174,108 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then this stock will set up to enter new all-time-high territory, which is bullish technical price action. Some possible upside targets off that move are $30 to $35 a share.

Bitauto

  • Monday's Volume: 1.16 million
  • Three-Month Average Volume: 1 million
  • Volume % Change: 143%

Bitauto  (BITA - Get Report) provides Internet content and marketing services for the automotive industry in the People's Republic of China. This stock is trading up 8.7% to $33.33 in Monday's trading session.

From a technical perspective Bitauto is spiking sharply higher here right off its new 52-week low of $30.51 with strong upside volume flows. This stock has been downtrending badly for the last two months and change, with shares falling sharply lower from its high of $63.99 to its recent low of $30.51. During that downtrend, shares of Bitauto have been consistently making lower highs and lower lows, which is bearish technical price action. That said, this stock is starting to rebound off that $30.51 low and it's beginning to move within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade. That trade will hit if this stock manages to take out some near-term overhead resistance at $35.30 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in Bitauto as long as it's trending above Monday's intraday low of $31.61 and then once it sustains a move or close above $35.30 with volume that registers near or above 1 million shares. If that breakout begins soon, then this stock will set up to re-fill some of its previous gap-down-day zone from last week that started just above $37.50. If that gap gets filled with volume, then this stock could easily tag $40 a share.

Grupo Financiero Galicia

  • Monday's Volume: 642,000
  • Three-Month Average Volume: 419,406
  • Volume % Change: 144%

Grupo Financiero Galicia  (GGAL - Get Report) operates as a financial services holding company in Argentina. This stock is trading up 1.9% to $21.49 in Monday's trading session.

From a technical perspective, Grupo Financiero Galicia is spiking notably higher here right above its 50-day moving average of $19.94 with strong upside volume flows. This spike to the upside on Monday is starting to push shares of Grupo Financiero Galicia within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade above some key overhead resistance levels. That trade will hit if this stock manages to clear some near-term overhead resistance levels at $22 to $22.65 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in Grupo Financiero Galicia as long as it's trending above its 50-day at $19.94 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that registers near or above 419,406 shares. If that breakout hits soon, then this stock will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $23.51 to $24, or even $25 to $26 a share.

This article is commentary by an independent contributor. At the time of publication, the author held no positions in the stocks mentioned.