Stock Quotes in this Article: ATHX, BDSI, CUR

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Stocks that are making large moves like these are favorites among short-term traders because they can jump into these names and try to capture some of that massive volatility. Stocks that are making big-percentage moves either up or down 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 technical indicators with fundamental trends, discipline and sound money management, you will be well on your way to investment success.

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With that in mind, let's take a closer look at a several stocks under $10 that are making large moves to the upside today.

Athersys

Athersys (ATHX) is a biopharmaceutical company focused in the field of regenerative medicine. This stock closed up 4% to $1.79 in Thursday's trading session.

Thursday's Range: $1.68-$1.80

52-Week Range: $0.95-$2.42

Thursday's Volume: 270,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 323,188

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From a technical perspective, ATHX bounced notably higher here right off its 50-day moving average of $1.67 with decent upside volume. This stock recently pulled back from $1.99 to its 50-day at $1.67. Shares of ATHX may now be down with that pullback, since the stock is starting to trend higher and move within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade. That trade will hit if ATHX manages to take out some near-term overhead resistance levels at $1.90 to $1.99 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in ATHX as long as it's trending above its 50-day at $1.67 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 323,188 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then ATHX will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $2.16 to $2.25. Any high-volume move above those levels will put its 52-week high at $2.42 into range for shares of ATHX.

Neuralstem

Neuralstem (CUR) is a biotechnology company, which is engaged in the development and commercialization of treatments for central nervous system disease based on transplanting human neural stem cells and the use of small molecule drugs. This stock closed up 6.1% to $1.72 in Thursday's trading session.

Thursday's Range: $1.59-$1.72

52-Week Range: $0.49-$1.96

Thursday's Volume: 590,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 474,694

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From a technical perspective, CUR ripped higher here right above its 50-day moving average of $1.57 with above-average volume. This move is quickly pushing shares of CUR within range of triggering a major breakout trade above a former double top area. That trade will hit if CUR manages to take out some near-term overhead resistance levels at $1.75 to $1.79 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in CUR as long as it's trending above its 50-day at $1.57 or above more key support levels at $1.55 to $1.43 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 474,694 shares. If that breakout hits soon, then CUR will set up to re-test or possibly take out its 52-week high at $1.96. Any high-volume move above that level will then give CUR a chance to tag $2.20 to $2.50.

BioDelivery Sciences International

BioDelivery Sciences International (BDSI) is a specialty pharmaceutical company that is utilizing licensed and owned proprietary drug delivery technologies to develop and commercialize new formulations of proven therapeutics. This stock closed up 7.7% to $5.02 in Thursday's trading session.

Thursday's Range: $4.58-$5.04

52-Week Range: $3.52-$6.89

Thursday's Volume: 402,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 178,218

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From a technical perspective, BDSI ripped to the upside here right above its 50-day moving average of $4.49 with strong upside volume. This move pushed shares of BDSI into breakout territory, since the stock cleared some near-term overhead resistance levels at $4.79 to $4.89.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in BDSI as long as it's trending above $4.79 or above its 200-day at $4.45 and then once it sustains a move or close above Thursday's intraday high of $5.04 with volume that hits near or above 178,218 shares. If we get that move soon, then BDSI will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $5.43 to $5.74. Any high-volume move above those levels will then give BDSI a chance to tag its 52-week high at $6.89.

To see more stocks that are making notable moves higher today, check out the Stocks Under $10 Moving Higher portfolio on Stockpickr.

-- Written by Roberto Pedone in Delafield, Wis.

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At the time of publication, author had no positions in stocks mentioned.

Roberto Pedone, based out of Delafield, Wis., is an independent trader who focuses on technical analysis for small- and large-cap stocks, options, futures, commodities and currencies. Roberto studied international business at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, and he spent a year overseas studying business in Lubeck, Germany. His work has appeared on financial outlets including CNBC.com and Forbes.com. You can follow Pedone on Twitter at www.twitter.com/zerosum24 or @zerosum24.