Stock Quotes in this Article: BAP, KB, HGSH

DELAFIELD, Wis. (Stockpickr) -- 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.

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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.

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With that in mind, let's take a look at several stocks rising on unusual volume today.

China HGS Real Estate

China HGS Real Estate (HGSH) engages in real estate development, primarily in the construction and sale of residential apartments, car parks as well as commercial properties. This stock closed up 21.8% to $10.14 in Monday's trading session.

Monday's Volume: 294,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 50,944

Volume % Change: 311%

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From a technical perspective, HGSH skyrocketed higher here back above its 50-day moving average at $8.67 with heavy upside volume. This move also pushed shares of HGSH into breakout territory, since the stock took out some near-term overhead resistance levels at $9.91 to $9.37. Shares of HGSH are now quickly moving within range of triggering another big breakout trade. That trade will hit if HGSH manages to take out some near-term overhead resistance levels at $10.18 to $10.41 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in HGSH as long as it's trending above $9.37 or above $9 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 50,944 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then HGSH will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $11.45 to its 52-week high at $12.94. Any high-volume move above $12.94 will then put $15 into range for shares of HGSH.

Credicorp

Credicorp (BAP) provides banking and insurance services in Peru. This stock closed up 3.5% at $117.79 in Monday's trading session.

Monday's Volume: 709,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 389,129

Volume % Change: 91%

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From a technical perspective, BAP ripped higher here right above some near-term support at $111.05 with above-average volume. This move is coming off oversold territory, since the current relative strength index reading for BAP is 38.69. Oversold can always get more oversold, but it's also an area from which a stock can experience a powerful bounce higher. Shares of BAP have been downtrending badly for the last months, with shares falling from its high $167.63 to its recent low of $111.05. This stock now looks ready to reverse that downtrend and potentially trigger a major breakout trade. That trade will hit if BAP manages to take out some near-term overhead resistance levels at $120 to $123.40 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in BAP as long as it's trending above Monday's low of $113.50 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that's near or above 389,129 shares. If that breakout hits soon, then BAP will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at its 50-day at $132.27 to $135. Any high-volume move above those levels will then give BAP a chance to tag its 200-day at $142.70.

KB Financial Group

KB Financial Group (KB) provides credit and related financial services to individuals and small and medium-sized enterprises. This stock closed up 2% at $31.69 in Monday's trading session.

Monday's Volume: 400,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 135,917

Volume % Change: 175%

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From a technical perspective, KB spiked modestly higher here back above its 50-day moving average of $31.45 with above-average volume. This move is starting to push shares of KB within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade. That trade will hit if KB manages to take out some near-term overhead resistance levels at its 200-day of $33.44 and then some more resistance at $33.86 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in KB as long as it's trending above its 50-day at $31.45 or above some more near-term support at $30.37 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that this near or above 135,917 shares. If that breakout hits soon, then KB will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $36.33 to $37.50.

To see more stocks rising on unusual volume, check out the Stocks Rising on Unusual Volume 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.