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.


Four Corners Property Trust

  • Monday's Volume: 2.29 million
  • Three-Month Average Volume: 776,903
  • Volume % Change: 138%

Four Corners Property Trust  (FCPT - Get Report)  is a real estate investment trust that invests in real estate markets of U.S. This stock traded up 3% to $17.68 in Monday's trading session.

From a technical perspective, Four Corners Property Trust trended notably higher on Monday and broke out above some near-term overhead resistance at $17.46 a share with strong upside volume flows. This stock has been uptrending strong over the last three months and change, with shares moving higher off its low of $11.79 to its intraday high on Monday of $17.81 a share. During that uptrend, shares of Four Corners Property Trust have been making mostly higher lows and higher highs, which is bullish technical price action. Market players should now look for a continuation move to the upside in the short-term if this stock manages to take out Monday's intraday high of $17.81 a share with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in Four Corners Property Trust as long as it's trending above its 20-day moving average of $16.24 a share and then once it sustains a move or close above Monday's intraday high of $17.81 a share with volume that hits near or above 776,903 shares. If that move gets underway soon, then this stock will set up to make a run at $20 to $25 a share.

Greatbatch

  • Monday's Volume: 637,000
  • Three-Month Average Volume: 287,356
  • Volume % Change: 145%

Greatbatch  (GB)  designs, manufactures and sells medical devices and components for the cardiac, neuromodulation, orthopedics, portable medical, vascular, energy and clinical markets worldwide. This stock traded up 5.2% to $36.64 in Monday's trading session.

From a technical perspective, Greatbatch ripped sharply higher on Monday back above its 20-day moving average of $35.71 a share with above-average volume. This high-volume move to the upside is now quickly pushing shares of Greatbatch 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 $38 to $38.83 a share and then above more resistance at $38.36 a share with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in Greatbatch as long as it's trending above its 20-day moving average of $35.71 a share and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that registers near or above 287,356 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 its 50-day moving average of $41.13 to $41.84, or even $45 a share.

Energen

  • Monday's Volume: 4.74 million
  • Three-Month Average Volume: 2.40 million
  • Volume % Change: 148%

Energen  (EGN) , explores for, develops and produces oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids in the Permian Basin in west Texas and the San Juan Basin in New Mexico. This stock traded up 3.4% to $32.07 in Monday's trading session.

From a technical perspective, Energen trended notably higher on Monday back above its 50-day moving average of $31.52 a share with strong upside volume flows. This stock has been uptrending strong over the last month, with shares moving sharply higher off its new 52-low of $20.76 to its intraday high on Monday of $32.25 a share. During that uptrend, shares of Energen have been consistently making higher lows and higher highs, which is bullish technical price action. This high-volume move to the upside on Monday 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 Monday's intraday high of $32.25 to $35.09 a share with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in Energen as long as it's trending above some near-term support at $30 a share and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 2.40 million 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 $37.50 to $40 a share.

Fidelity Southern

  • Monday's Volume: 815,000
  • Three-Month Average Volume: 159,202
  • Volume % Change: 381%

Fidelity Southern  (LION)  operates as the holding company for Fidelity Bank, which provides financial products and services for business and retail customers primarily in the metropolitan Atlanta and northern Florida markets. This stock traded up 5.1% to $16.04 in Monday's trading session.

From a technical perspective, Fidelity Southern ripped sharply higher on Monday right off its 20-day moving average of $14.96 a share and it broke out above some near-term overhead resistance levels at $15.81 to $16 a share with strong upside volume flows. Market players should now look for a continuation move to the upside in the short-term if shares of Fidelity Southern manage to clear Monday's intraday high of $16.16 a share with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in Fidelity Southern as long as it's trending above its 20-day moving average of $14.96 or above more near-term support at $14.88 a share and then once it sustains a move or close above Monday's intraday high of $16.16 a share with volume that registers near or above 159,202 shares. If that move gets underway 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 $17.16 to $18, or even its 200-day moving average of $18.78 to $20 a share.

Rice Energy

  • Monday's Volume: 9.19 million
  • Three-Month Average Volume: 3.70 million
  • Volume % Change: 191%

Rice Energy  (RICE) , an independent natural gas and oil company, engages in the acquisition, exploration and development of natural gas, oil and natural gas liquid properties in the Appalachian Basin. This stock traded up 12% to $10.71 in Monday's trading session.

From a technical perspective, Rice Energy ripped sharply higher on Monday right off its 20-day moving average of $9.38 a share and back above its 50-day moving average of $9.74 a share with strong upside volume flows. This high-volume spike to the upside also pushed shares of Rice Energy into breakout territory, since the stock cleared some near-term overhead resistance at $10.39 a share. Market players should now look for a continuation move to the upside in the short-term if shares of Rice Energy manage to take out Monday's intraday high of $10.98 a share and once it clears some near-term overhead resistance at $11.22 a share with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in Rice Energy as long as it's trending above its 50-day moving average of $9.74 a share or its 20-day moving average of $9.38 a share and then once it sustains a move or close above $10.98 to $11.22 a share with volume that hits near or above 3.70 million shares. If that move gets started soon, then this stock will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $11.75 to $13, or even $14 a share.

Iconix Brand Group

  • Monday's Volume: 6.19 million
  • Three-Month Average Volume: 2.33 million
  • Volume % Change: 176%

Iconix Brand Group  (ICON - Get Report) , a brand management company, owns, licenses and markets a portfolio of consumer brands across women's, men's, entertainment and home primarily in the U.S. and internationally. This stock traded up 18.7% to $10.02 in Monday's trading session.

From a technical perspective, Iconix Brand Group exploded sharply higher on Monday and broke out above some key overhead resistance level at around $9 a share with monster upside volume flows. This high-volume rip to the upside has now pushed shares of Iconix Brand Group into its previous gap-down-day zone from last November that started near $17 a share. Market players should now look for a continuation move to the upside in the short-term if this stock manages to clear Monday's intraday high of $10.08 a share with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in Iconix Brand Group as long as it's trending above Monday's intraday low of $9.13 a share and then once it sustains a move or close above Monday's intraday high of $10.08 a share with volume that hits near or above 2.33 million shares. If that move gets underway soon, then this stock will set up to re-fill some more of its previous gap-down-day zone that started near $17 a share.

DBV Technologies

  • Monday's Volume: 786,000
  • Three-Month Average Volume: 140,482
  • Volume % Change: 489%

DBV Technologies  (DBVT) , a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, engages in the research and development of epicutaneous immunotherapy products. This stock traded up 15.1% to $30.11 in Monday's trading session.

From a technical perspective, DBV Technologies exploded sharply higher on Monday and broke out above some key near-term overhead resistance levels at $27.29 to its 50-day moving average of $28.01 a share and above more key resistance at $28.35 a share with strong upside volume flows. Market players should now look for a continuation move to the upside in the short-term if this stock manages to take out Monday's intraday high of $30.55 a share with strong upside volume flows.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in DBV Technologies as long as it's trending above Monday's intraday low of $27.20 a share and then once it sustains a move or close above Monday's intraday high of $30.55 a share with volume that hits near or above 140,482 shares. If that move gets underway soon, then this stock will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $32 to its 200-day moving average of $33.37, or even $34 to $36 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.