Stock Quotes in this Article: JASO, TSL, SPWR

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.

SunPower

SunPower (SPWR) is a vertically integrated solar products and services company that designs, manufactures and delivers high-performance solar electric systems worldwide for residential, commercial, and utility-scale power plant customers. This stock closed up 10.6% at $34.16 in Monday's trading session.

Monday's Volume: 5.46 million

Three-Month Average Volume: 3.41 million

Volume % Change: 165%

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From a technical perspective, SPWR skyrocketed higher here right off $32 with strong upside volume. This stock recently pulled back right to its 50-day moving average with bearish downside volume flows. Following that pullback, shares of SPWR have now rebounded sharply off its 50-day, and it's quickly moving within range of triggering a big breakout trade. That trade will hit if SPWR manages to take out Monday's high of $34.47 to its 52-week high at $35.39 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in SPWR as long as it's trending above Monday's low of $31.90 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 3.41 million shares. If that breakout hits soon, then SPWR will set up to enter new 52-week-high territory, which is bullish technical price action. Some possible upside targets off that breakout are $40 to $45.

Trina Solar

Trina Solar (TSL) is engaged in the manufacturing and selling of solar modules. This stock closed up 9.3% at $16.77 in Monday's trading session.

Monday's Volume: 6.45 million

Three-Month Average Volume: 5.41 million

Volume % Change: 90%

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From a technical perspective, TSL skyrocketed higher here right off some near-term support at $15 with above-average volume. This stock recently pulled back right to its 50-day moving average, where buyers stepped in to support the stock. Since that pull back, shares of TSL have started to rebound and uptrend from $13.94 to its intraday high of $17.09. That rebound is now quickly pushing shares of TSL within range of triggering a big breakout trade. That trade will hit if TSL manages to take out Monday's high of $17.09 to its 52-week high at $17.80 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in TSL as long as it's trending above Monday's low of $15.70 or above more near-term support at $15 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that's near or above 5.41 million shares. If that breakout hits soon, then TSL will set up to enter new 52-week-high territory, which is bullish technical price action. Some possible upside targets off that move are $23 to $25.

JA Solar

JA Solar (JASO) designs, manufactures and markets high-performance solar cells, which are made from specially processed silicon wafers. This stock closed up 10% at $11 in Monday's trading session.

Monday's Volume: 4.46 million

Three-Month Average Volume: 2.71 million

Volume % Change: 175%

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From a technical perspective, JASO ripped sharply higher here right above its 50-day moving average of $9.50 with above-average volume. This stock has been trending sideways for the last month, with shares moving between $9.20 on the downside and $11.60 on the upside. This sharp spike higher on Monday is now quickly pushing shares of JASO within range of triggering a big breakout trade above the upper end of its recent range. That breakout will hit if JASO manages to clear Monday's high of $11.08 to its 52-week high at $11.60 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in JASO as long as it's trending above Monday's low of $10.15 or above its 50-day at $9.50 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that's near or above 2.71 million shares. If that breakout hits soon, then JASO will set up to enter new 52-week-high territory, which is bullish technical price action. Some possible upside targets off that breakout are $13 to $17.

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.