Stock Quotes in this Article: OXF, URRE, GEVO, MPO

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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.

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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.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at a several stocks under $10 that are making large moves to the upside today.

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Uranium Resources

Uranium Resources (URRE) is engaged in the business of acquiring, exploring, developing and mining uranium properties, using the in solution mining process. This stock closed up 1.5% to $2.71 on Thursday.

Thursday's Range: $2.66-$2.92

52-Week Range: $2.55-$10.30

Volume: 420,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 195,055

From a technical perspective, URRE trended up on Thursday right above some near-term support at $2.55 with above-average volume. This stock has been downtrending badly for the last month and change, with shares plunging lower from its high of $5.99 to its recent low of $2.55. During that move, shares of URRE have been consistently making lower highs and lower lows, which is bearish technical price action. That said, shares of URRE have started to bounce off that $2.55 low and its now approaching a near-term breakout trade. That trade will hit if URRE manages to take out some near-term overhead resistance levels at $2.78 to $2.94 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in URRE as long as it’s trending above Thursday’s low of $2.66 or that key near-term support level at $2.55, and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 195,055 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then URRE will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $3.27 to its 50-day moving average at $3.41. Any high-volume move above $3.41 to $3.44 will then put $3.67 to $4 into range for shares of URRE.

Gevo

Gevo (GEVO) is a renewable chemicals and advanced biofuels company. This stock closed up 7.1% to $2.10 on Thursday.

Thursday's Range: $1.98-$2.12

52-Week Range: $1.36-$10.39

Volume: 1.85 million

Three-Month Average Volume: 1.22 million

From a technical perspective, GEVO ripped higher on Thursday back above its 50-day moving average of $2.08 and above some near-term overhead resistance at $2.06 with above-average volume. This move is quickly pushing shares of GEVO within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade. That trade will hit if GEVO manages to take out some near-term overhead resistance at $2.22 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in GEVO as long as it’s trending above Thursday’s low of $1.98, and then once it sustains a move or close above $2.22 with volume that hits near or above 1.22 million shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then GEVO will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $2.40 to $2.60. Any high-volume move above $2.60 will then put $2.75 into range for shares of GEVO. Keep in mind that above $2.75 is a previous gap down zone from last September.

Midstates Petroleum

Midstates Petroleum (MPO) is an independent exploration and production company focused on the application of modern drilling and completion techniques to oil-prone resources in previously discovered yet underdeveloped hydrocarbon trends. This stock closed up 8.5% to $8.49 on Thursday.

Thursday's Range: $7.75-$8.53

52-Week Range: $4.71-$16.95

Volume: 405,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 274,740

From a technical perspective, MPO ripped higher on Thursday right above its 50-day moving average at $7.41 and back above its 200-day moving average of $8.42 with above-average volume. This move is quickly pushing shares of MPO within range of triggering a major breakout trade. That trade will hit if MPO manages to take out some near-term overhead resistance at $8.50 and then once it clears some past overhead resistance at $9.15 to $9.23 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in MPO as long as it’s trending above Thursday’s low of $7.75 or its 50-day at $7.41, and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 274,740 shares. If that breakout hits soon, then MPO will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $11 to $12. Keep in mind that in order for a run to $12 to happen, MPO must fist clear some resistance at $11.11 with volume.

Oxford Resource Partners

Oxford Resource Partners (OXF) is a low-cost producer of high value steam coal and produces surface mined coal in Ohio. Its reserves and operations are strategically located in Northern Appalachia and the Illinois Basin. This stock closed up 8.9% to $2.55 on Thursday.

Thursday's Range: $2.36-$2.59

52-Week Range: $2.11-$11.75

Volume: 100,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 186,947

From a technical perspective, OXF soared higher on Thursday right above its 52-week low of $2.11 with lighter-than-average volume. This stock has been downtrending badly for the last month and change, with shares plunging lower from its high of $6.11 to its recent low of $2.11. During that move, shares of OXF have been consistently making lower highs and lower lows, which is bearish technical price action. That said, shares of OXF have now started to bounce off that $2.11 low and its quickly moving within range of triggering a major breakout trade. That trade will hit if OXF manages to take out some near-term overhead resistance levels at $2.70 to $2.74 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in OXF as long as it’s trending above Thursday’s low of $2.36, and then once it sustains a move or close above $2.70 to $2.74 with volume that hits near or above 186,947 shares. If that breakout hits soon, then OXF will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $3.50 to its 50-day moving average at $4.09.

To see more stocks that are making notable moves higher today, check out the Stocks Under $10 Moving Higher portfolio on Stockpickr.

-- Written by Roberto Pedone in Winderemere, Fla.

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At the time of publication, author had no positions in stocks mentioned.

Roberto Pedone, based out of Windermere, Fla., 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.