Stock Quotes in this Article: DOOR, GLOG, VOYA

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 recently.

ING U.S.

ING U.S. (VOYA) operates as a retirement, investment and insurance company in the U.S. This stock closed up 1% to $37.17 in Wednesday's trading session.

Wednesday's Volume: 2.48 million

Three-Month Average Volume: 1.16 million

Volume % Change: 95%

From a technical perspective, VOYA trended modestly higher here right above its 50-day moving average of $35.34 with above-average volume. This stock recently formed a double bottom chart pattern at $35.15 to $35.20. Following that bottom, shares of VOYA have started to trend higher and move within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade. That trade will hit if VOYA manages to take out some near-term overhead resistance levels at $37.2 to its all-time high of $37.75 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in VOYA as long as it's trending above those double bottom support levels and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 1.16 million shares. If that breakout hits soon, then VOYA will set up to enter new all-time-high territory, which is bullish technical price action. Some possible upside targets off that breakout are $43 to $45.

Masonite International

Masonite International (DOOR) designs, manufactures and sells interior and exterior doors for the residential new construction; the residential repair, renovation and remodeling; and the non-residential building construction markets worldwide. This stock closed up 2.5% to $58.64 in Wednesday's trading session.

Wednesday's Volume: 869,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 137,818

Volume % Change: 361%

From a technical perspective, DOOR spiked notably higher here right above its 50-day moving average of $56.08 with above-average volume. This move briefly pushed shares of DOOR into breakout territory, after the stock flirted with some near-term overhead resistance at $59.13. Shares of DOOR hit an intraday high of $59.29, before it closed just below that level at $58.64. Market players should now look for a continuation move higher in the short-term if DOOR manages to take out Wednesday's high of $59.29 with strong upside volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in DOOR as long as it's trending above Wednesday's low of $57.20 or above its 50-day at $56.08 and then once it sustains a move or close above $59.29 with volume that hits near or above 137,818 shares. If that move gets underway soon, then DOOR will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at its 52-week high of $62.25.

GasLog

GasLog (GLOG), together with its subsidiaries, owns, operates and manages vessels in the liquefied natural gas market worldwide. This stock closed up 5.4% at $25.30 in Wednesday's trading session.

Wednesday's Volume: 1.86 million

Three-Month Average Volume: 862,274

Volume % Change: 181%

From a technical perspective, GLOG ripped higher here and broke out into new all-time-high territory above some previous resistance at $24.95 with above-average volume. This stock has been uptrending strong for the last three months, with shares moving higher from its low of $16.02 to its intraday high of $25.51. During that move, shares of GLOG have been consistently making 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 GLOG manages to take out Wednesday's high of $25.51 with strong volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in GLOG as long as it's trending above $24 or $23 and then once it sustains a move or close above $25.51 with volume that hits near or above 862,274 shares. If we get that move soon, then GLOG will set up to enter new all-time-high territory, which is bullish technical price action. Some possible upside targets off that move are $30 to $33.

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.