Stock Quotes in this Article: IMUC, POZN, PRTS

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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.

Pozen (POZN), a pharmaceutical company, develops products for the treatment of acute and chronic pain and pain-related conditions in the U.S. This stock closed up 2.6% to $8.21 in Thursday's trading session.

Thursday's Range: $8.00-$8.26

52-Week Range: $4.26-$9.90

Thursday's Volume: 403,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 355,687

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From a technical perspective, POZN spiked notably higher here back above its 50-day moving average of $8.12 with above-average volume. This stock has been trending sideways for the last month, with shares moving between $7.37 on the downside and $8.35 on the upside. This spike on Thursday is quickly pushing shares of POZN within range of triggering a major breakout trade. That trade will hit if POZN manages to clear some near-term overhead resistance levels at $8.31 to $8.35 and then once it takes out more near-term overhead resistance levels at $8.65 to $8.99 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in POZN as long as it's trending above key near-term support levels at $7.85 to $7.71 or above $7.37 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 355,687 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then POZN will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $10 to $12.

ImmunoCellular Therapeutics (IMUC), a clinical-stage biotechnology company, engages in developing and commercializing immune-based therapies for the treatment of brain, ovarian and other solid tumors. This stock closed up 2.24% to $1.37 a share in Thursday's trading session.

Thursday's Range: $1.33-$1.42

52-Week Range: $0.65-$4.00

Thursday's Volume: 2.49 million

Three-Month Average Volume: 3.39 million

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From a technical perspective, IMUC trended modestly higher here right above some near-term support at $1.25 with decent upside volume. This spike is quickly pushing shares of IMUC within range of triggering a major breakout trade. That trade will hit if IMUC manages to take out Thursday's high of $1.42 to some more key overhead resistance levels at $1.52 to $1.58 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in IMUC as long as it's trending above some near-term support levels at $1.25 or at $1.20 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 3.39 million shares. If that breakout starts soon, then IMUC will set up to re-fill some of its previous gap-down-day zone from last December that started around $2.75.

U.S. Auto Parts Network (PRTS), together with its subsidiaries, operates as an online retailer of automotive aftermarket parts and accessories primarily in the U.S., Canada and the Philippines. This stock closed up 6.9% to $2.47 a share in Thursday's trading session.

Thursday's Range: $2.15-$2.47

52-Week Range: $0.19-$3.18

Thursday's Volume: 66,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 63,575

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From a technical perspective, PRTS spike higher here back above its 50-day moving average of $2.31 with above-average volume. This move is quickly pushing shares of PRTS within range of triggering a major breakout trade. That trade will hit if PRTS manages to take out some key overhead resistance levels at $2.65 to $2.69 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in PRTS as long as it's trending above Thursday's low of $2.15 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 63,575 shares. If that breakout materializes soon, then PRTS will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $3 to its 52-week high at $3.18. Any high-volume move above those levels will then give PRTS a chance to tag its next major overhead resistance levels at $3.50 to $3.75.

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-- 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.