Stock Quotes in this Article: CQB, HAIN, JWN, TRI

DELAFIELD, Wis. (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.

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

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.

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

Nordstrom

Nordstrom (JWN) operates as a fashion specialty retailer, with 225 U.S. stores located in 30 states. This stock closed up 3.4% at $60.79 in Monday's trading session.

Monday's Volume: 3.64 million

Three-Month Average Volume: 1.31 million

Volume % Change: 166%

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From a technical perspective, JWN ripped higher here back above its 50-day moving average of $60.43 with strong upside volume. This spike higher is coming after shares of JWN recently dropped from its high of $63.35 to its intraday low of $58.50. Shares of JWN are now starting to trend within range of triggering a big breakout trade. That trade will hit if JWN manages to take out some near-term overhead resistance levels at $62.30 to its 52-week high at $63.34 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in JWN as long as it's trending above its 50-day at $60.43 or above $59 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that's near or above 1.31 million shares. If that breakout hits soon, then JWN will set up to enter new 52-week-high territory above $63.34, which is bullish technical price action. Some possible upside targets off that move are $70 to $75.

Hain Celestial Group

Hain Celestial Group (HAIN) manufactures, markets, distributes and sells natural and organic products under brand names, which are sold as better-for-you products. This stock closed up 2.8% at $75.99 in Monday's trading session.

Monday's Volume: 640,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 450,819

Volume % Change: 60%

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From a technical perspective, HAIN ripped higher here right above some near-term support at $72 with decent upside volume. This move also pushed shares of HAIN outside of its recent consolidation chart pattern of $72 on the downside and $75.89 on the upside, and into breakout and new 52-week-high territory.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in HAIN as long as it's trending above $74 or above $72 and then once it sustains a move or close above its new 52-week high at $76 with volume that's near or above 450,819 shares. If we get that move soon, then HAIN will set up to enter new 52-week-high territory, which is bullish technical price action. Some possible upside targets off that move are $80 to $85.

Thomson Reuters

Thomson Reuters (TRI) is a provider of information for the world's businesses and professionals. This stock closed up 1.9% at $35.27 in Monday's trading session.

Monday's Volume: 1.56 million

Three-Month Average Volume: 994,866

Volume % Change: 145%

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From a technical perspective, TRI trended modestly higher here right above its 50-day moving average of $33.71 with decent upside volume. This stock has been uptrending strong for the last month and change, with shares moving higher from its low of $31.38 to its recent high of $36.04. During that move, shares of TRI have been making mostly higher lows and higher highs, which is bullish technical price action. That move has now pushed shares of TRI within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade. That trade will hit if TRI manages to take out some near-term overhead resistance at $35.50 and then once it clears its 52-week high at $36.04 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in TRI as long as it's trending above its 50-day at $33.71 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that's near or above 994,866 shares. If that breakout hits soon, then TRI will set up to enter new 52-week-high territory, which is bullish technical price action. Some possible upside targets off that breakout are $40 to $42.

Chiquita Brands International

Chiquita Brands International (CQB) distributes and markets bananas and other fresh products that are sold principally under the Chiquita brand. This stock closed up 1.9% at $12.59 in Monday's trading session.

Monday's Volume: 972,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 490,173

Volume % Change: 125%

From a technical perspective, CQB spiked higher here right above some near-term support levels at $11.88 to its 50-day moving average of $11.52 with decent upside volume. This stock has been trending sideways inside of a consolidation chart pattern for the last month and change, with shares moving between $11.88 on the downside and $12.88 on the upside. Shares of CQB are now quickly moving within range of triggering a big breakout trade above the upper-end of its recent sideways trading chart pattern. That trade will hit if CQB manages to take out its 52-week high at $12.88 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in CQB as long as it's trending above some key near-term support levels at $11.88 to its 50-day at $11.52, and then once it sustains a move or close above $12.88 with volume that's near or above 490,173 shares. If that breakout hits soon, then CQB will set up to enter new 52-week-high territory, which is bullish technical price action. Some possible upside targets off that breakout are its next major overhead resistance levels at $13.41 to $15. Any high-volume move above those levels will then put $16 to $18 into range for shares of CQB.

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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.