Stock Quotes in this Article: CRIS, FMD, RFIL, ZIOP

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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 today.

Curis

Curis (CRIS) engages in the research, development, and commercialization of cancer therapeutics. This stock closed up 7% to $2.74 in Thursday's trading session.

Thursday's Range: $2.56-$2.77

52-Week Range: $2.44-$4.74

Thursday's Volume: 768,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 727,547

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From a technical perspective, CRIS ripped sharply higher here right above its 52-week low of $2.44 with above-average volume. This move pushed shares of CRIS into breakout territory, since the stock took out some near-term overhead resistance at $2.64. Shares of CRIS closed above that breakout level since the stock closed at $2.74. Market players should now look for a continuation move higher in the short-term if CRIS manages to take out Thursday's high of $2.77 with strong volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in CRIS as long as it's trending above Thursday's low of $2.56 or above $2.44 and then once it sustains a move or close above $2.77 with volume that hits near or above 727,547 shares. If we get that move soon, then CRIS will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance level at $2.91. Any high-volume move above $2.91 will then give CRIS a chance to tag $3.20 to its 50-day moving average of $3.40.

RF Industries

RF Industries (RFIL) is engaged in the design, manufacture and marketing of interconnect products and systems, including coaxial and specialty cables, fiber optic cables and connectors, and electrical and electronic specialty cables. This stock closed up 6% to $9.58 in Thursday's trading session.

Thursday's Range: $9.05-$9.73

52-Week Range: $4.15-$14.84

Thursday's Volume: 140,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 219,716

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From a technical perspective, RFIL spiked sharply higher here right above some near-term support at $8.68 with lighter-than-average volume. This stock recently dropped sharply lower from $14.84 to its low of $8.58. During that move, shares of RFIL have been consistently making lower highs and lower lows, which is bearish technical price action. That said, shares of RFIL have now started to reverse its downtrend and break out above some near-term overhead resistance levels at $9.40 to $9.42. Market players should now look for a continuation move higher in the short-term if RFIL manages to clear its 50-day moving average of $9.75 with strong volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in RFIL as long as it's trending above Thursday's low of $9.05 or above $8.68 and then once it sustains a move or close above its 50-day at $9.75 with volume that hits near or above 219,716 shares. If we get that move soon, then RFIL will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance level at $10.50. Any high-volume move above $10.50 could then send RFIL towards $11 to $12.

First Marblehead

First Marblehead (FMD) is a specialty finance company focused on education loan programs for K-12, undergraduate and graduate students in the U.S., as well as tuition planning, tuition billing, refund management and payment technology services. This stock closed up 10% to $7.02 a share in Thursday's trading session.

Thursday's Range: $6.21-$7.17

52-Week Range: $5.90-$19.20

Thursday's Volume: 81,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 60,870

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From a technical perspective, FMD spiked sharply higher here right above its 52-week low of $5.90 with above-average volume. This stock has been downtrending badly for the last two months and change, with shares falling from its high of $10.50 to its recent low of $5.90. During that move, shares of FMD have been making mostly lower highs and lower lows, which is bearish technical price action. That said, this move on Thursday now has shares of FMD looking ready to reverse its downtrend and potentially enter a new uptrend.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in FMD as long as it's trending above Thursday's low of $6.21 and then once it sustains a move or close above Thursday's high of $7.17 with volume that hits near or above 60,870 shares. If we get that move soon, then FMD will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at its 50-day moving average of $8.20 to $8.30. Any high-volume move above those levels will then give FMD a chance to tag its next major overhead resistance levels at $8.88 to $9.53.

Ziopharm Oncology

Ziopharm Oncology (ZIOP) is a biopharmaceutical company engaged in the development and commercialization of small molecule and synthetic biology approaches to new cancer therapies. This stock closed up 1.5% to $3.99 in Thursday's trading session.

Thursday's Range: $3.91-$4.08

52-Week Range: $1.49-$5.95

Thursday's Volume: 917,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 1.35 million

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From a technical perspective, ZIOP spiked modestly higher here right off its 50-day moving average of $3.87 with lighter-than-average volume. This move is quickly pushing shares of ZIOP within range of triggering a big breakout trade. That trade will hit if ZIOP manages to take out Thursday's high of $4.08 to some more near-term overhead resistance levels at $4.25 to $4.34 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in ZIOP as long as it's trending above some key near-term support at $3.72 or above more support at $3.42 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 1.35 million shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then ZIOP will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $5 to $5.24. Any high-volume move above those levels will then give ZIOP a chance to tag its 52-week high at $5.95.

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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.