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.

Pacific Ethanol

Pacific Ethanol  (PEIX - Get Report)  produces and markets low-carbon renewable fuels in the Western U.S. This stock traded up 15% to $4.89 in Thursday's trading session.

  • Thursday's Range: $4.27-$4.91
  • 52-Week Range: $4.21-$15.57
  • Thursday's Volume: 1.95 million
  • Three-Month Average Volume: 876,434

From a technical perspective, Pacific Ethanol soared sharply higher on Thursday right above its new 52-week low of $4.21 a share with monster upside volume. This high-volume move higher is coming off extremely oversold levels, since shares of Pacific Ethanol recently displayed a relative strength index reading well below 30. Oversold can always get more oversold, but it's also an area where a stock can make a powerful rebound higher from. This high-volume bounce is now quickly pushing this stock 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 at around $5 a share with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in Pacific Ethanol as long as it's trending above some near-term support at $4.50 or above its new 52-week low of $4.21 a share and then once it sustains a move or close above $5 a share with volume that hits near or above 876,434 shares. If that breakout triggers 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 $5.76 or $6, or even its 50-day moving average of $6.38 a share.

EnerNOC

EnerNOC  (ENOC)  provides energy intelligence software and related solutions for commercial, institutional and industrial customers. This stock traded up 12.2% to $4.48 in Thursday's trading session.

  • Thursday's Range: $3.90-$4.59
  • 52-Week Range: $3.90-$19.04
  • Thursday's Volume: 1.42 million
  • Three-Month Average Volume: 356,882

From a technical perspective, EnerNOC soared sharply higher on Thursday after printing a new 52-week low at $3.90 a share with heavy upside volume. This stock has been downtrending badly over the last few weeks, with shares collapsing off its high of $9.79 to that new 52-week low of $3.90 a share. During that downtrend, shares of EnerNOC have been consistently making lower highs and lower lows, which is bearish technical price action. That said, this stock has now started to rebound sharply higher with volume off that $3.90 low, and it's now quickly moving within range of triggering a major breakout trade. That trade will trigger if this stock manages to take out some near-term overhead resistance levels at around $4.70 to $5 a share with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in EnerNOC as long as it's trending above its new 52-week low of $3.90 a share and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 356,882 shares. If that breakout takes hold soon, then this stock will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance level at around $7 a share.

Corbus Pharmaceuticals

Corbus Pharmaceuticals  (CRBP - Get Report) , a clinical stage pharmaceutical company, focuses on the development and commercialization of novel therapeutics to treat rare life-threatening inflammatory and fibrotic diseases. This stock traded up 3.6% to $1.71 in Thursday's trading session.

  • Thursday's Range: $1.64-$1.78
  • 52-Week Range: $1.45-$4.95
  • Thursday's Volume: 190,000
  • Three-Month Average Volume: 952,529

From a technical perspective, Corbus Pharmaceuticals counter-trended higher versus the overall market weakness on Thursday right above some near-term support at $1.62 with lighter-than-average volume. This spike to the upside briefly pushed shares of Corbus Pharmaceuticals back above its 20-day moving average of $1.72 a share, before the stock closed just below that level. This jump and relative strength against a negative market tape is now quickly pushing this stock within range of triggering a big breakout trade. That breakout will trigger if this stock manages to take out some near-term overhead resistance levels at $1.79 to its 50-day moving average of $1.82 a share and then above more key resistance around $1.90 a share with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in Corbus Pharmaceuticals as long as it's trending above some key near-term support at $1.60 a share and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 952,529 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 $2.20 to $2.30, or even its 200-day moving average of $2.55 a share.

Barrick

Barrick  (ABX)  produces and sells gold and copper. The company is also involved in exploration and mine development activities. This stock traded up 3.7% to $7.55 in Thursday's trading session.

  • Thursday's Range: $7.09-$7.68
  • 52-Week Range: $5.91-$13.70
  • Thursday's Volume: 19.29 million
  • Three-Month Average Volume: 20.71 million

From a technical perspective, Barrick trended notably higher here right off its 50-day moving average of $7.06 a share and briefly back above its 20-day moving average of $7.57 a share with decent upside volume flows. This counter-trend to the upside on Thursday is now quickly pushing shares of Barrick within range of triggering a major breakout trade above some key near-term overhead resistance levels. That trade will trigger if this stock manages to take out some important near-term overhead resistance levels at $8 to $8.33 a share and then above more resistance at $8.49 a share with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in Barrick as long as it's trending above its 50-day moving average of $7.06 or above more key near-term support at $6.90 a share and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that registers near or above 20.71 million shares. If that breakout fires off soon, then this stock will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at its 200-day moving average of $9.85 to around $10.50 a share.

Craft Brew Alliance

Craft Brew Alliance  (BREW - Get Report)  engages in brewing and selling craft beers and ciders under the Kona, Widmer Brothers, Redhook, Omission and Square Mile brand names in the U.S. This stock traded up 4.2% to $8.04 in Thursday's trading session.

  • Thursday's Range: $7.63-$8.12
  • 52-Week Range: $6.80-$14.48
  • Thursday's Volume: 161,000
  • Three-Month Average Volume: 57,265

From a technical perspective, Craft Brew Alliance spiked sharply higher on Thursday right off its 20-day moving average of $7.65 a share and back above its 50-day moving average of $7.89 a share with strong upside volume flows. This stock has been uptrending over the last few weeks, with shares moving higher off its new 52-week low of $6.80 to its intraday high on Thursday of $8.12 a share. During that uptrend, shares of Craft Brew Alliance have been consistently making higher lows and higher highs, which is bullish technical price action. This high-volume trend higher is now quickly pushing this stock within range of triggering a big breakout trade above some key near-term overhead resistance levels. That trade will trigger if this stock manages to clear some near-term overhead resistance levels at $8.30 to $8.75 a share with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in Craft Brew Alliance as long as it's trending above its 20-day moving average of $7.65 a share or above $7.40 a share and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that registers near or above 57,265 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 $9 to around $10, or even $11 a share.

Numerex

Numerex  (NMRX) , through its subsidiaries, provides interactive and on-demand machine-to-machine enterprise solutions for the enterprise and government markets worldwide. This stock traded up 6.7% to $6.47 in Thursday's trading session.

  • Thursday's Range: $5.91-$6.54
  • 52-Week Range: $5.91-$12.31
  • Thursday's Volume: 79,000
  • Three-Month Average Volume: 37,895

From a technical perspective, Numerex counter-trended sharply higher on Thursday versus the overall market weakness off its new 52-week low of $5.91 a share with above-average volume. This high-volume move to the upside is now quickly pushing shares of Numerex within range of triggering a major breakout trade above some key near-term overhead resistance levels. That trade will trigger if this stock manages to clear Thursday's intraday high of $6.54 a share and then once it takes out its gap-down-day high from last week at $6.95 a share with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in Numerex as long as it's trending above its new 52-week low of $5.91 a share and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 37,895 shares. If that breakout gets underway soon, then this stock will set up to re-fill some of its previous gap-down-day zone that started at $8.28 a share.

Avid Technology

Avid Technology  (AVID)  develops, markets, sells and supports software and hardware for digital media content production, management and distribution in the U.S., the other Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Asia-Pacific. This stock traded up 5.8% to $6.49 in Thursday's trading session.

  • Thursday's Range: $6.00-$6.52
  • 52-Week Range: $5.77-$18.10
  • Thursday's Volume: 362,000
  • Three-Month Average Volume: 464,063

From a technical perspective, Avid Technology rippled sharply higher here right off $6 a share and right above its new 52-week low of $5.77 a share with decent upside volume flows. This stock recently gapped-down sharply lower from around $9 to that $5.77 low with heavy downside volume flows. Shares of Avid Technology have now started to rebound higher off that $5.77 low, and it's now quickly moving 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 Thursday's intraday high of $6.52 a share and then once it clears its gap-down-day high of around $7 a share with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in Avid Technology as long as it's trending above some near-term support at $6 a share or above its new 52-week low of $5.77 a share and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 464,063 shares. If that breakout materializes soon, then this stock will set up to re-fill some of its previous gap-down-day zone that started near $9 a share.

Oragenics

Oragenics  (OGEN)  develops, markets and sells oral probiotics products and antibiotics for humans and companion pets. This stock traded up 4% to $1.30 in Thursday's trading session.

  • Thursday's Range: $1.20-$1.35
  • 52-Week Range: $0.66-$3.87
  • Thursday's Volume: 47,000
  • Three-Month Average Volume: 113,874

From a technical perspective, Oragenics spiked notably higher on Thursday right around some near-term support at $1.25 a share with lighter-than-average volume. This stock has been consolidating and trending sideways over the last month and change, with shares moving between $1.20 on the downside and $1.50 on the upside. Shares of Oragenics are now starting to spike within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade above the upper-end of its recent sideways trending chart pattern. That breakout will trigger if this stock manages to take out some key near-term overhead resistance levels at $1.35 to $1.40 a share and then above its 200-day moving average of $1.48 to $1.50 a share with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in Oragenics as long as it's trending above Thursday's intraday low of $1.20 a share and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that registers near or above 113,874 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 $1.72 to its 50-day moving average of $1.81, or even $2 to $2.25 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.