Stock Quotes in this Article: CECO, MOBI, ACTV, PAMT

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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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Sky-mobi

Sky-mobi (MOBI) operates a mobile application store in China. This stock is trading up 6.5% to $2.03 in recent trading.

Today’s Range: $1.90-$2.05

52-Week Range: $1.68-$5.55

Volume: 56,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 65,340

From a technical perspective, MOBI is trending higher here back above its 50-day moving average of $2.02 with decent volume. This move is quickly pushing the stock within range of triggering a major breakout trade. That trade will hit if MOBI manages to take out its 200-day at $2.14 and then once it clears more resistance at $2.20 to $2.25 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in MOBI as long as it’s trending above $1.90 or its 50-day at $2.02 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 65,350 shares. If that breakout hits soon, then MOBI will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels $2.50 to $2.65. Any high-volume move above $2.65 would then put $3 to $3.25 into focus for shares of MOBI.

Active Network

Active Network (ACTV) provides organization-based cloud computing applications services to business customers in North America, Europe and internationally. This stock is trading up 1% to $5.72 in recent trading.

Today’s Range: $5.61-$5.87

52-Week Range: $4.60-$17.74

Volume: 161,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 746,677

From a technical perspective, ACTV is bouncing modestly higher here right above its 50-day moving average of $5.25 with lighter-than-average volume. This stock has been trading in a consolidation pattern for the last month, with shares moving between $5.22 on the downside and $6.30 on the upside. This move today is quickly pushing shares of ACTV within range of triggering a major breakout trade. That trade will hit if ACTV manages to take out some near-term overhead resistance levels at $5.91 to $6.30 and then once it takes out its gap down day high at around $6.50 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in ACTV as long as it’s trending above its 50-day at $5.25, and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 746,677 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then ACTV will set up to re-fill some of its previous gap down zone from last November that started at $9.50.

Career Education

Career Education (CECO), a global education company, is an on-ground provider of private, for-profit, postsecondary education in the U.S. and also has a presence in online education. This stock is trading up 8.1% to $3.72 in recent trading.

Today’s Range: $3.50-$3.78

52-Week Range: $2.51-$12.41

Volume: 748,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 627,145

From a technical perspective, CECO is ripping higher here right above its 50-day moving average of $3.32 with above-average volume. This stock has been trading in a consolidation pattern for the last month, with shares moving between $3.25 on the downside and $3.84 on the upside. Shares of CECO are now quickly moving within range of triggering a breakout trade above the upper-end of its recent consolidation pattern. That trade will hit if CECO manages to take out some near-term overhead resistance levels at $3.84 to $3.95 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in CECO as long as it’s trending above its 50-day at $3.32 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 627,145 shares. If that breakout hits soon, then CECO will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $4.34 to its 200-day moving average at $4.42. Any high-volume move above its 200-day will then put $5 to $5.50 into range for shares of CECO.

Parametric Sound

Parametric Sound (PAMT) is a sound technology company focused on delivering directed parametric sound solutions to customers primarily in digital signage, point-of-purchase, in-store networks and related markets that benefit from sound that can be focused and controlled in specified locations. This stock is trading up 7.3% to $9.24 in recent trading.

Today’s Range: $8.80-$9.50

52-Week Range: $3.49-$11.74

Volume: 118,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 55,036

Shares of PAMT are trending up today in front of its quarterly report which is due out after the market close tonight.

From a technical perspective, PAMT is ripping higher here right off some near-term support at $8.50 with above-average volume. This stock has been uptrending strong for the last two months, with shares soaring higher from its low of $3.49 to its recent high of $9.57. During that move, shares of PAMT have been consistently making higher lows and higher highs, which is bullish technical price action. That move has now pushed shares of PAMT within range of triggering a major breakout trade post-earnings.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in PAMT after it reports earnings if this stock manages to break out above some near-term overhead resistance levels at $9 to $9.57 with high volume. Look for volume on that move that hits near or above its three-month average action of 55,036 shares. If that breakout triggers, then PAMT will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $11 to $11.74.

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.