Stock Quotes in this Article: DLX, MVO, PIKE, HGSH

WINDERMERE, Fla. (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.

Major moves in volume can signal unusual activity, such as insider buying or selling -- or buying or selling by “superinvestors.”

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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.

With that in mind, let's take a look at several stocks rising on unusual volume today.

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Deluxe

Deluxe (DLX) provides personalized printed items, promotional products and merchandising materials, Web hosting and other Web services, as well as fraud prevention and marketing services. This stock is trading up 5.2% at $41.86 in recent trading.

Today’s Volume: 499,000

Average Volume: 386,385

Volume % Change: 130%

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From a technical perspective, DLX is ripping higher here right above some near-term support at $39.62 with above-average volume. This move is quickly pushing shares of DLX within range of triggering a major breakout trade. That trade will hit if DLX manages to take out some near-term overhead resistance at $42 to its 52-week high at $42.50 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in DLX as long as it’s trending above today’s low of $39.92, and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 386,385 shares. If that breakout hits soon, then DLX will set up to enter new 52-week high territory above $42.50, which is bullish technical price action. Some possible upside targets off that breakout are $45 to $47.

Pike Electric

Pike Electric (PIKE) is a provider of energy solutions for investor-owned, municipal and co-operative utilities in the U.S. This stock is trading up 5% at $14.69 in recent trading.

Today’s Volume: 186,000

Average Volume: 286,121

Volume % Change: 50%

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From a technical perspective, PIKE is trending higher here right above some near-term support at $13.75 with decent upside volume. This move has started to push shares of PIKE into breakout territory, since the stock has taken out some near-term overhead resistance at $14.50. At last check, PIKE has hit an intraday high of $14.73 and volume is tracking about 100,000 shares below its three-month average of 286,121 a share. This move is quickly pushing PIKE within range of triggering another major breakout trade. That trade will hit if PIKE manages to clear its 52-week high at $15.21 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in PIKE as long as it’s trending above today’s low of $14.28, and then once it sustains a move or close above $14.50 to $15.21 with volume that hits near or above 286,121 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then PIKE will set up to enter new 52-week high territory above $15.21, which is bullish technical price action. Some possible upside targets off that breakout are $17 to $18.

MV Oil Trust

MV Oil Trust (MVO) is a trust that receives royalty payments from the oil and natural gas assets owned by MV Partners, which produces oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids. This stock is trading up 3.1% at $28.09 in recent trading.

Today’s Volume: 63,000

Average Volume: 54,336

Volume % Change: 84%

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From a technical perspective, MVO is trending higher here back above its 50-day moving average of $26.98 with above-average volume. This move is quickly pushing shares of MVO within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade. That trade will trigger if MVO manages to take out some near-term overhead resistance at $29.25 and then once it takes out its 200-day moving average at $29.36 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in MVO as long as it’s trending above its 50-day at $26.98, and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 54,336 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then MVO will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $30.99 to $33.

China HGS Real Estate

China HGS Real Estate (HGSH) engages in real estate development, primarily in the construction and sale of residential apartments, car parks as well as commercial properties. This stock is trading up 5.5% to $10.86 in recent trading.

Today’s Volume: 84,000

Average Volume: 66,373

Volume % Change: 76%

From a technical perspective, HGSH is bouncing sharply higher here right above some near-term support levels at $9.69 to $10.05 with above-average volume. This move is quickly pushing shares of HGSH within range of triggering a major breakout trade. That trade will hit if HGSH manages to clear its 52-week high at $11.52 with high volume. At last check, HGSH has hit an intraday high of $11.30, and volume is well above its three-month average action of 66,373 shares.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in HGSH as long as it’s trending above some key near-term support at $10.05 and then once it sustains a move or close above $11.30 to $11.52 with volume that hits near or above 66,373 shares. If that breakout hits soon, then HGSH will set up to enter new 52-week high-territory above $11.52, which is bullish technical price action. Some possible upside targets off that breakout are $13 to $14.

To see more stocks rising on unusual volume, check out the Stocks Rising On Unusual Volume 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.