Stock Quotes in this Article: HXM, KWK, GCAP

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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.

Desarrolladora Homex

Desarrolladora Homex (HXM), a vertically integrated home development company, engages in the development, construction and sale of affordable entry-level, middle-income and tourism housing in Mexico, as well as affordable entry-level housing in Brazil. This stock closed up 8.6% to $1.63 in Tuesday's trading session.

Tuesday's Range: $1.52-$1.67

52-Week Range: $1.08-$14.19

Tuesday's Volume: 719,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 630,031

From a technical perspective, HXM ripped sharply higher here right off some near-term support at $1.50 with above-average volume. This move is quickly pushing shares of HXM within range of triggering a major breakout trade. That trade will hit if HXM manages to take out Tuesday's high of $1.67 to $1.75 and then once it takes out more key overhead resistance levels at $1.84 to $1.89 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in HXM as long as it's trending above near-term support at $1.50 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 630,031 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then HXM will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $2 to its 200-day moving average at $2.51.

Quicksilver Resources

Quicksilver (KWK), an independent oil and gas company, engages in the acquisition, exploration, development, production and sale of natural gas, natural gas liquids and oil in North America. This stock closed up 7.1% to $3.32 in Tuesday's trading session.

Tuesday's Range: $3.09-$3.38

52-Week Range: $1.44-$3.54

Tuesday's Volume: 6.43 million

Three-Month Average Volume: 3.51 million

From a technical perspective, KWK spiked sharply higher here right above its 50-day moving average of $3 with strong upside volume. This move also pushed shares of KWK into breakout territory, since the stock took out some near-term overhead resistance at $3.28. Shares of KWK are now quickly moving within range of triggering another big breakout trade. That trade will hit if KWK manages to take out Tuesday's high of $3.38 to its 52-week high at $3.54 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in KWK as long as it's trending above its 50-day at $3 or above some more near-term support at $2.91 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 3.51 million shares. If that breakout hits soon, then KWK will set up to enter new 52-week-high territory, which is bullish technical price action. Some possible upside targets off that breakout are $4 to $5.

Gain Capital

Gain Capital (GCAP), together with its subsidiaries, provides trading services and solutions to retail and institutional customers worldwide. This stock closed up 4.4% to $9.18 in Tuesday's trading session.

Tuesday's Range: $8.84-$9.20

52-Week Range: $3.97-$14.62

Tuesday's Volume: 201,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 393,181

From a technical perspective, GCAP jumped higher here right above its 50-day moving average of $8.55 with lighter-than-average volume. This move is starting to push shares of GCAP within range of triggering a big breakout trade. That trade will hit if GCAP manages to take out some key overhead resistance levels at $9.31 to $9.47 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in GCAP as long as it's trending above its 50-day at $8.55 or above its 200-day at $8.04 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 393,181 shares. If that breakout hits soon, then GCAP will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $10.77 to $12.

To see more stocks that are making notable moves higher, 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.