DELAFIELD, Wis. (Stockpickr) -- As part of your daily routine as an active trader or investor, it's important to track the stocks in the market that are making the biggest percentage gains and the biggest percentage losses.

Stocks that are making large moves to the upside are favorites among short-term traders who want to capture some of that massive volatility. Stocks that are making big-percentage moves 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 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.


Vanguard Natural Resources

  • Tuesday's Range: $8.01-$8.69
  • 52-Week Range: $5.50-$27.10
  • Tuesday's Volume: 500,000
  • Three-Month Average Volume: 956,298

Vanguard Natural Resources  (VNR) , through its subsidiaries, acquires and develops oil and natural gas properties in the U.S. This stock is trading up 8.7% to $8.68 in Tuesday's trading session.

From a technical perspective, Vanguard Natural Resources is spiking sharply higher here back above its 20-day moving average of $8.35 with lighter-than-average volume. This strong move to the upside on Tuesday is now quickly pushing shares of Vanguard Natural Resources within range of triggering a big breakout trade above some key near-term overhead resistance levels. That breakout will trigger if this stock manages to take out some key near-term overhead resistance levels at its 50-day moving average of $8.57 to more resistance levels at $8.68 to $9 a share with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in Vanguard Natural Resources as long as it's trending above some key near-term support at $8 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 956,298 shares. If that breakout develops soon, then this stock will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $9.71 to $9.98, or even $11 a share.

Fairmount Santrol

  • Tuesday's Range: $2.66-$2.88
  • 52-Week Range: $2.44-$16.00
  • Tuesday's Volume: 385,000
  • Three-Month Average Volume: 874,929

Fairmount Santrol  (FMSA) , together with its subsidiaries, provides sand-based proppant solutions for exploration and production companies to enhance the productivity of their oil and gas wells. This stock is trading up 5.2% to $2.79 in Tuesday's trading session.

From a technical perspective, Fairmount Santrol is spiking higher here right above its new 52-week low of $2.44 with lighter-than-average volume. This stock has been downtrending badly over the last five months, with shares moving sharply lower off its high of $9.44 to that new 52-week low of $2.44. During that downtrend, shares of Fairmount Santrol have been consistently making lower highs and lower lows, which is bearish technical price action. That said, this stock has now started to spike off that $2.44 low and it's quickly moving within range of triggering a big breakout trade. That breakout will trigger if this stock manages to take out some near-term overhead resistance at $3 a share with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in Fairmount Santrol as long as it's trending above Tuesday's intraday low of $2.65 or above that new 52-week low of $2.44 and then once it sustains a move or close above $3 a share with volume that hits near or above 874,929 shares. If that breakout kicks off soon, then this stock will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at its 20-day moving average of $3.48 to $4.12 a share.

Helix Energy Solutions Group

  • Tuesday's Range: $5.85-$6.44
  • 52-Week Range: $4.57-$27.70
  • Tuesday's Volume: 839,000
  • Three-Month Average Volume: 2.15 million


Helix Energy Solutions Group
  (HLX) , together with its subsidiaries, provides specialty services to the offshore energy industry primarily in the Gulf of Mexico, North Sea, the Asia Pacific and West Africa regions. This stock is trading up 6.6% to $6.27 in Tuesday's trading session.

From a technical perspective, Helix Energy Solutions Group is ripping sharply higher here right above its 20-day moving average of $5.63 with lighter-than-average volume. This stock has been uptrending over the last few weeks, with shares moving higher from its low of $4.57 to its intraday high of $6.44 a share. During that uptrend, shares of Helix Energy Solutions Group have been making mostly higher lows and higher highs, which is bullish technical price action. That move has now pushed this stock within range of triggering a major breakout trade above some key near-term overhead resistance levels. That breakout will trigger if this stock manages to take out some near-term overhead resistance levels at $6.44 to its 50-day moving average of $6.56 and then above more resistance levels at $7 to $7.10 a share with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in Helix Energy Solutions Group as long as it's trending above its 20-day moving average of $5.63 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 2.15 million 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 $8 to $8.56, or even $8.82 to $9 a share.

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