Stock Quotes in this Article: MBI, OKS, RYAAY

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.

Ryanair

Ryanair (RYAAY), together with its subsidiaries, provides scheduled-passenger airline services in Ireland, the United Kingdom, continental Europe and Morocco. This stock closed up 1.8% at $48.12 in Monday's trading session.

Monday's Volume: 825,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 433,042

Volume % Change: 156%

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From a technical perspective, RYAAY bounced modestly higher here right off its 50-day moving average of $47.68 and back above its 200-day moving average of $48.63 with strong upside volume. This move is quickly pushing shares of RYAAY within range of triggering a big breakout trade. That trade will hit if RYAAY manages to take out some key overhead resistance levels at $51.10 to $51.80 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in RYAAY as long as it's trending above its 50-day at $47.68 or above more near-term support at $47.03 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that's near or above 533,042 shares. If that breakout hits soon, then RYAAY will set up to re-test or possibly take out its 52-week high at $54.74. Any high-volume move above that level will then give RYAAY a chance to tag $57 to $60.

Oneok Partners

Oneok Partners (OKS) engages in the gathering, processing, storage and transportation of natural gas in the U.S. This stock closed up 1% to $52.36 in Monday's trading session.

Monday's Volume: 421,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 413,126

Volume % Change: 50%

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From a technical perspective, OKS trended modestly higher here right above its 50-day moving average of $51.19 with slightly above-average volume. This stock has been uptrending for the last few weeks, with shares moving higher from its low of $49.31 to its recent high of $53. During that move, shares of OKS have been making mostly higher lows and higher highs, which is bullish technical price action. That move has now pushed shares of OKS within range of triggering a big breakout trade. That trade will hit if OKS manages to take out some key overhead resistance levels at $53 to $54.46 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in OKS as long as it's trending above its 50-day at $51.19 or its 200-day at $50.28 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 413,126 shares. If that breakout hits soon, then OKS will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $58.08 to its 52-week high at $61.34.

MBIA

MBIA (MBI), together with its subsidiaries, provides financial guarantee insurance and related reinsurance, advisory and portfolio services for the public and structured finance markets, as well as asset management advisory services in the U.S. and internationally. This stock closed up 2.8% to $11.25 in Monday's trading session.

Monday's Volume: 4.20 million

Three-Month Average Volume: 2.48 million

Volume % Change: 125%

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From a technical perspective, MBI trended modestly higher here right above some near-term support at $10.68 with above-average volume. This stock recently formed a triple bottom chart pattern at $10.60, $10.61 and $10.68. Since forming that bottom, shares of MBI have started to spike higher and move within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade. That trade will hit if MBI manages to take out its 50-day moving average of $11.76 to its 200-day moving average of $12.28 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in MBI as long as it's trending above $10.68 or $10.60 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that's near or above 2.48 million shares. If that breakout hits soon, then MBI will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $13.06 to $13.19. Any high-volume move above those levels will then give MBI a chance to tag its next major overhead resistance levels at $14.10 to $15.

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.