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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.

GenMark Diagnostics

GenMark Diagnostics (GNMK), a molecular diagnostics company, develops, manufactures, sells and supports instruments and molecular tests based on its proprietary eSensor detection technology in the U.S. This stock closed up 6.1% to $9.83 in Thursday's trading session.

Thursday's Range: $9.06-$9.89

52-Week Range: $8.48-$15.49

Thursday's Volume: 274,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 219,110

From a technical perspective, GNMK ripped sharply higher here back above its 50-day moving average of $9.70 with above-average volume. This spike higher on Thursday also pushed shares of GNMK into breakout territory, since the stock took out some near-term overhead resistance at $9.55 and its 50-day at $9.70. Shares of GNMK are now quickly moving within range of triggering another breakout trade. That trade will hit if GNMK manages to take out Thursday's intraday high of $9.89 to some more near-term overhead resistance at $10.18 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in GNMK as long as it's trending above Thursday's low of $9.06 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 219,110 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then GNMK will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $10.75 to its 200-day moving average of $11.53.

Tower Semiconductor (TSEM), an independent semiconductor foundry, manufactures analog intensive mixed-signal semiconductor devices in the U.S., Asia and Europe. This stock closed up 5.9% to $9.48 in Thursday's trading session.

Thursday's Range: $8.89-$9.62

52-Week Range: $3.85-$10.06

Thursday's Volume: 432,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 282,397

From a technical perspective, TSEM ripped sharply higher here right off its 50-day moving average of $8.70 with above-average volume. This move pushed shares of TSEM into breakout territory, since it flirted with or took out some near-term overhead resistance levels at $9.33 to $9.56. Shares of TSEM closed just below its intraday high of $9.62 to finish the trading session at $9.48. This spike higher for TSEM in Thursday is now pushing the stock within range of triggering an even bigger breakout trade. That trade will hit if TSEM manages to take out Thursday's intraday high of $9.62 and then once it clears its 52-week high at $10.06 with strong upside volume flows.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in TSEM as long as it's trending above its 50-day at $8.70 or above more key near-term support at $8.33 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 282,397 shares. If that breakout starts soon, then TSEM will set up to enter new 52-week-high territory, which is bullish technical price action. Some possible upside targets off that breakout are $12 to $13.

Unwired Planet

Unwired Planet (UPIP) develops patents that allow mobile devices to connect to the Internet. This stock closed up 7.2% to $2.22 in Thursday's trading session.

Thursday's Range: $2.07-$2.25

52-Week Range: $1.26-$2.44

Thursday's Volume: 926,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 1.11 million

From a technical perspective, UPIP spiked sharply higher here right above its 50-day moving average of $1.99 with decent upside volume flows. This stock has been trending sideways and consolidating for the last two months, with shares moving between $1.95 on the downside and $2.44 on the upside. Shares of UPIP are now starting to trend within range of triggering a major breakout trade above the upper-end of its recent sideways trading chart pattern. That trade will hit if UPIP manages to take out Thursday's intraday high of $2.25 and then once it clears its 52-week high at $2.44 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in UPIP as long as it's trending above its 50-day at $1.99 or above more key near-term support at $1.95 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 1.11 million shares. If that breakout materializes soon, then UPIP will set up to enter new 52-week-high territory, which is bullish technical price action. Some possible upside targets off that breakout are $3 to $3.50.

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.