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.

Ingredion

  • Monday's Volume: 682,000
  • Three-Month Average Volume: 503,418
  • Volume % Change: 55%

Ingredion  (INGR) , together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells starches and sweeteners to various industries. This stock traded up 1% to $105.88 in Monday's trading session.

From a technical perspective, Ingredion jumped modestly higher on Monday back above its 20-day moving average of $105.35 a share with above-average volume. This high-volume trend to the upside is now quickly pushing shares of Ingredion 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 near-term overhead resistance levels at $106 to $107 a share and then above more resistance at $107.75 to its 52-week high of $108 a share with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in Ingredion as long as it's trending above some near-term support at $104.19 a share and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 503,418 shares. If that breakout develops soon, then this stock will set up to enter new 52-week-high territory above $108, which is bullish technical price action. Some possible upside targets of that level are $110 to $115, or even $120 a share.

Cal-Maine Foods

  • Monday's Volume: 2.63 million
  • Three-Month Average Volume: 823,249
  • Volume % Change: 233%

Cal-Maine Foods  (CALM)  produces, grades, packages, markets and distributes shell eggs. This stock traded up 8.7% to $54.41 in Monday's trading session.

From a technical perspective, Cal-Maine Foods spiked sharply higher on Monday right off its 200-day moving average of $51.51 a share and back above its 20-day moving average of $52.03 a share with strong upside volume flows. This high-volume rip to the upside also pushed this stock into breakout territory, after it cleared some near-term overhead resistance at $53 a share. Shares of Cal-Maine Foods are now quickly trending within range of triggering another big breakout trade. That trade will hit if this stock manages to take out some near-term overhead resistance levels at Monday's intraday high of $55.15 a share to more resistance at around $55.50 a share with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in Cal-Maine Foods as long as it's trending above $53 a share or above its 200-day moving average of $51.51 a share and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that registers near or above 823,249 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 $57 to $57.35, or even $59 to $60 a share.

Stewart Information Services

  • Monday's Volume: 200,000
  • Three-Month Average Volume: 126,954
  • Volume % Change: 72%

Stewart Information Services  (STC) , through its subsidiaries, provides title insurance and real estate transaction related services worldwide. This stock traded up 2.7% to $34.60 in Monday's trading session.

From a technical perspective, Stewart Information Services jumped notably higher right above its 50-day moving average of $33.33 a share with above-average volume. This high-volume trend to the upside is now quickly pushing shares of Stewart Information Services within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade above some key overhead resistance levels. That trade will trigger if this stock manages to take out some near-term overhead resistance levels at $35 to around $35.50 a share with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in Stewart Information Services as long as it's trending above Monday's intraday low of $33.72 a share or above its 20-day moving average of $33.02 a share and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 126,954 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 levels at around $37 to its 200-day moving average of $37.71, or even $39 to $40 a share.

Immune Design

  • Monday's Volume: 174,000
  • Three-Month Average Volume: 104,625
  • Volume % Change: 72%

Immune Design  (IMDZ) , a clinical-stage immunotherapy company, engages in the research and development of in vivo immunotherapy treatments. This stock traded up 6.8% to $11.38 in Monday's trading session.

From a technical perspective, Immune Design spiked sharply higher on Monday right off some near-term support at $10 a share and back above its 50-day moving average of $10.91 a share with above-average volume. This strong spike to the upside also briefly pushed this stock back above its 20-day moving average of $11.54 a share, before it closed just below that level at $11.38 a share. Market players should now look for a continuation move to the upside in the short-term if shares of Immune Design manage to take out Monday's intraday high of $11.64 a share and then above more resistance around $12 a share with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in Immune Design as long as it's trending above its 50-day moving average of $10.91 a share or above more key support around $10 a share and then once it sustains a move or close above $11.64 to $12 a share with volume that registers near or above 104,625 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 $13.78 to $13.88, or even $14 to $15 a share.

BioSpecifics Technologies

  • Monday's Volume: 125,000
  • Three-Month Average Volume: 61,797
  • Volume % Change: 94%

BioSpecifics Technologies  (BSTC) , a biopharmaceutical company, engages in the development of an injectable collagenase clostridium histolyticum for multiple indications in the U.S. This stock traded up 3.5% to $33.57 in Monday's trading session.

From a technical perspective, BioSpecifics Technologies ripped sharply higher on Monday right above some near-term support at $31.32 a share with above-average volume. This stock recently formed a double bottom chart pattern, after shares found some buying interest at $30.70 to $31.32 a share. Following that bottom, this stock has now started to spike higher with strong upside volume flows, and it's quickly trending within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade. That trade will trigger if shares of BioSpecifics Technologies manages to take out Monday's intraday high of $34.19 a share and then above more resistance at $35 to its 20-day moving average of $35.40 a share with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in BioSpecifics Technologies as long as it's trending above Monday's intraday low of $31.96 a share or 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 61,797 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 levels at its 50-day moving average of $36.55 to $38, or even $40.50 a share.

Trinseo 

  • Monday's Volume: 731,000
  • Three-Month Average Volume: 351,541
  • Volume % Change: 150%

Trinseo  (TSE) , a materials company, manufactures and markets synthetic rubber, latex and plastic products in Europe, the Middle East, North America, Latin America and the Asia Pacific. This stock traded up 2.5% to $36.03 in Monday's trading session.

From a technical perspective, Trinseo ripped notably higher on Monday right off its 20-day moving average of $34.45 a share with above-average volume. This stock recently formed a double bottom chart pattern, after shares found some buying interest at $33.30 to $33.89 a share. Following that potential bottom, shares of Trinseo SA have now started to uptrend and it's quickly trending 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 Monday's intraday high of $36.17 a share and then above some more key resistance at around $37 a share with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in Trinseo as long as it's trending above its 20-day moving average of $34.45 a share or 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 351,541 shares. If that breakout hits soon, then this stock will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance level at its 52-week high of $39.23 a share.

PRA Health Sciences

  • Monday's Volume: 600,000
  • Three-Month Average Volume: 396,620
  • Volume % Change: 95%

PRA Health Sciences  (PRAH) , a contract research organization, provides outsourced clinical development services to the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries worldwide. This stock traded up 1.5% to $41.63 in Monday's trading session.

From a technical perspective, PRA Health Sciences jumped notably higher on Monday right off its 200-day moving average of $41 a share with strong upside volume flows. This high-volume spike to the upside also briefly pushed this stock back above both its 20-day moving average of $41.89 a share and its 50-day moving average of $41.95 a share, before it managed to close just below those levels at $41.63 a share. Shares of PRA Health Sciences is now quickly trending within range of triggering a big breakout trade. That breakout will hit if this stock manages to take out some near-term overhead resistance levels at $42.88 to $43 a share with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in PRA Health Sciences as long as it's trending above its 200-day moving average of $41 a share and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 396,620 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 $47 to $47.62, or even $50 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.

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