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.


SunOpta

  • Thursday's Range: $4.84-$5.29
  • 52-Week Range: $4.50-$14.25
  • Thursday's Volume: 940,000
  • Three-Month Average Volume: 840,014

SunOpta  (STKL - Get Report)  sources, processes, packages and markets natural, organic and specialty food products in the U.S., Canada, Europe, China and Ethiopia. This stock is trading up 8.8% to $5.19 in Thursday's trading session.

From a technical perspective, SunOpta is spiking sharply higher here right above some near-term support at its new 52-week low of $4.50 with strong upside volume flows. This stock has been downtrending badly for the last two months and change, with shares sliding lower off its high of $11.39 to its new 52-week low of $4.50. During that move, shares of SunOpta 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 $4.50 low and it's quickly moving within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade. That trade will trigger if this stock manages to take out some near-term overhead resistance levels at $5.28 to just over $5.50 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in SunOpta as long as it's trending Thursday's intraday low of $4.78 or above its new 52-week low of $4.50 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 840,014 shares. If that breakout begins soon, then this stock will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $6 to its 20-day moving average of $6.16, or even $7 a share.

Avon Products

  • Thursday's Range: $3.81-$3.98
  • 52-Week Range: $3.18-$11.83
  • Thursday's Volume: 1.5 million
  • Three-Month Average Volume: 9.90 million

Avon Products  (AVP - Get Report) manufactures and markets beauty and related products worldwide. This stock is trading up 4.6% to $3.98 in Thursday's trading session.

From a technical perspective, Avon Products is spiking sharply higher here right above its 20-day moving average of $3.60 and right above more near-term support at $3.50 with lighter-than-average volume. This trend to the upside on Thursday is now quickly pushing this stock within range of triggering a big breakout trade above some near-term overhead resistance levels. That trade will trigger if this stock manages to take out some near-term overhead resistance levels at $3.98 to $4.15 a share with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in Avon Products as long as it's trending above some key near-term support levels at $3.60 or at $3.50 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 9.90 million shares. If that breakout gets set off soon, then this stock will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at its 50-day moving average of $4.59 to $5.10, or even $5.20 a share.


Uni-Pixel

  • Thursday's Range: $1.13-$1.18
  • 52-Week Range: $0.88-$8.50
  • Thursday's Volume: 31,000
  • Three-Month Average Volume: 299,174

Uni-Pixel  (UNXL) , a pre-production stage company, engages in developing performance engineered film products for the display, touch screen and flexible electronics market segments in the U.S. This stock is trading up 2.6% to $1.17 Thursday's trading session.

From a technical perspective, Uni-Pixel is spiking notably higher here right off both its 50-day moving average of $1.11 and its 20-day moving average of $1.12 with lighter-than-average volume. This stock has been attempting to carve out a double bottom chart pattern over the last month and change, since shares have found some buying interest at $1.03 to $1.01 a share. Shares of Uni-Pixel have now started to spike higher off those support levels and it's quickly moving 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 near-term overhead resistance levels at $1.18 to $1.23 a share with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in Uni-Pixel as long as it's trending above those recent double bottom support levels and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 299,174 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 $1.55 to $1.64, or even $1.80 to $2 a share.


Helix Energy Solutions Group

  • Thursday's Range: $5.95-$6.30
  • 52-Week Range: $4.57-$27.70
  • Thursday's Volume: 635,000
  • Three-Month Average Volume: 2.17 million

Helix Energy Solutions Group  (HLX - Get Report) , 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 3.1% to $6.26 in Thursday's trading session.

From a technical perspective, Helix Energy Solutions Group is trending to the upside here right above its 20-day moving average of $6.47 with lighter-than-average volume. This spike to the upside on Thursday is now starting to push this stock within range of triggering a major breakout trade above some key near-term overhead resistance levels. That breakout will trigger if shares of Helix Energy Solutions Group manages to clear some key near-term overhead resistance levels at its 50-day moving average of $6.47 to $6.56 and then above more resistance at $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 some near-term support at $6 or above its 20-day moving average of $5.63 a share and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 2.17 million shares. If that breakout materializes soon, then this stock will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $8 to $8.50, or even $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.