Stock Quotes in this Article: CHCI, PLXT, PSEM, SALM

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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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Comstock Holding

Comstock Holding (CHCI) is a multi-faceted real estate development and services company. This stock closed up 10.3% to $2.71 on Thursday.

Thursday's Range: $2.36-$2.74

52-Week Range: $0.48- $3.65

Volume: 435,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 439,416

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From a technical perspective, CHCI ripped higher here right off some near-term support at $2.43 and back above its 50-day moving average at $2.69 with decent upside volume. This move is quickly pushing shares of CHCI within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade. That trade will hit if CHCI manages to take out some near-term overhead resistance levels at $2.73 to $2.74 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in CHCI as long as it's trending above some key near-term support at $2.43 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 439,416 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then CHCI will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $3.28 to its 52-week high at $3.65. Any high-volume move above those levels will then give CHCI a chance to trend north of $4.

Salem Communications

Salem Communications (SALM) is a domestic multi-media company with integrated business operations covering radio broadcasting, publishing and the Internet. This stock closed up 5.4% to $7.74 on Thursday.

Thursday's Range: $7.30-$7.74

52-Week Range: $4.62-$10.14

Volume: 21,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 100,528

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From a technical perspective, SALM bounced higher here right above some near-term support at $7.10 with lighter-than-average volume. This stock has been trending sideways for the last month, with shares moving between $7.10 on the downside and $7.88 on the upside. This move on Thursday is quickly pushing shares of SALM within range of triggering a major breakout trade. That trade will hit if SALM manages to take out some near-term overhead resistance levels at $7.88 to its 50-day moving average at $8.27 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in SALM as long as it's trending above Thursday's low at $7.30 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 100,528 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then SALM will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $9.22 to its 52-week high at $10.14. Any high-volume move above $10.14 could then put $11 to $12 into range for shares of SALM.

PLX Technology

PLX Technology (PLXT) provides semiconductor-based connectivity solutions primarily targeting the enterprise and consumer markets. This stock closed up 1% to $4.73 on Thursday.

Thursday's Range: $4.66-$4.75

52-Week Range: $3.51-$6.43

Volume: 669,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 320,208

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From a technical perspective, PLXT bounced modestly higher here right above its 50-day moving average at $4.56 and back above its 200-day moving average at $4.72 with above-average volume. This stock has been uptrending a bit for the last month, with shares moving higher from its low of $4.33 to its intraday high of $4.75. During that move, shares of PLXT have been consistently making higher lows and higher highs, which is bullish technical price action. That move has now pushed shares of PLXT within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade. That trade will hit if PLXT manages to take out some near-term overhead resistance levels at $4.82 to $4.85 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in PLXT as long as it's trending above its 50-day at $4.56 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 320,208 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then PLXT will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $5.15 to $5.25. Any high-volume move above those levels will then put $6.36 to its 52-week high at $6.43 into range for shares of PLXT.

Pericom Semiconductor

Pericom Semiconductor (PSEM) designs, develops and markets high-performance integrated circuits and frequency control products used in many of today's advanced electronic systems. This stock closed up 2.8% to $7.25 on Thursday.

Thursday's Range: $7.05-$7.30

52-Week Range: $6.10-$9.22

Volume: 838,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 97,733

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From a technical perspective, PSEM bounced modestly higher here right off some near-term support at $7 with monster upside volume. This move is quickly pushing shares of PSEM within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade. That trade will hit if PSEM manages to clear some near-term overhead resistance levels at its 200-day moving average of $7.41 and then above more resistance at $7.45 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in PSEM as long as it's trending above $7 or above its 50-day at $6.76 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 97,733 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then PSEM will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $8.60 to $9.07. Any high-volume move above those levels will then put its next major overhead resistance levels at its 52-week high of $9.22 to $10.50 into range for shares of PSEM.

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-- Written by Roberto Pedone in Madison, Wis.

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

Roberto Pedone, based out of Madison, 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.