Stock Quotes in this Article: ACUR, BWEN, PRKR, ZIPR

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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.

Acura Pharmaceuticals

Acura Pharmaceuticals (ACUR), a specialty pharmaceutical company, engages in the research, development, and commercialization of product candidates intended to address medication abuse and misuse utilizing its proprietary Aversion and Impede technologies. This stock closed up 5.3% to $1.76 in Thursday's trading session.

Thursday's Range: $1.67-$1.77

52-Week Range: $1.35-$3.78

Thursday's Volume: 399,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 215,069

From a technical perspective, ACUR spiked sharply higher here right off its 50-day moving average of $1.68 with above-average volume. This move is starting to push shares of ACUR within range of triggering a big breakout trade. That trade will hit if ACUR manages to take out Thursday's high of $1.77 to its 200-day moving average of $1.82 and then once it clears some more resistance at $1.91 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in ACUR as long as it's trending above some key near-term support levels at $1.65 or at $1.59 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 215,069 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then ACUR will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $2.23 to $2.59.

Parkervision

Parkervision (PRKR) designs, develops, and markets proprietary radio frequency (RF) technologies and products for use in semiconductor circuits for wireless communication products in the U.S. This stock closed up 2.9% to $4.62 a share in Thursday's trading session.

Thursday's Range: $4.47-$4.72

52-Week Range: $2.16-$7.78

Thursday's Volume: 419,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 884,027

From a technical perspective, PRKR spiked notably higher here right above some near-term support at $4.43 with lighter-than-average volume. This stock has been trending sideways and consolidating for the last two months and change, with shares moving between $4 on the downside and $5.30 on the upside. Shares of PRKR are now starting to trend within range of triggering a major breakout trade. That trade will hit if PRKR manages to take out some near-term overhead resistance levels at $4.93 to $5.12 and then $5.30 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in PRKR as long as it's trending its 200-day at $4.13 or above $4 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 884,027 shares. If that breakout hits soon, then PRKR will set up to re-fill some of its previous gap-down-day zone from last October that started near $7.50.

zipRealty

zipRealty (ZIPR) operates as an online technology-enabled real estate brokerage company in the U.S. This stock closed up 5.9% to $4.83 a share in Thursday's trading session.

Thursday's Range: $4.50-$4.83

52-Week Range: $2.67-$7.07

Thursday's Volume: 31,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 62,218

From a technical perspective, ZIPR ripped sharply higher here right off its 200-day moving average of $4.55 with lighter-than-average volume. This move is starting to push shares of ZIPR within range of triggering a big breakout trade. That trade will hit if ZIPR manages to take out some near-term overhead resistance levels at $5.04 to its 50-day moving average of $5.30 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in ZIPR as long as it's trending above some key near-term support at $4.44 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 62,218 shares. If that breakout hits soon, then ZIPR will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance level at $6.

Broadwind Energy

Broadwind Energy (BWEN) provides products and services to the energy, mining, and infrastructure sector customers, primarily in the U.S. This stock closed up 5.1% to $8.57 a share in Thursday's trading session.

Thursday's Range: $8.07-$8.60

52-Week Range: $2.97-$11.94

Thursday's Volume: 76,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 244,632

From a technical perspective, BWEN jumped sharply higher here right off some near-term support at $8 with lighter-than-average volume. This stock has been downtrending badly for the last month, with shares moving lower from its high of $11.94 to its recent low of $7.52. During that downtrend, shares of BWEN have been consistently making lower highs and lower lows, which is bearish technical price action. That said, shares of BWEN now look ready to reverse that downtrend and possibly start a new uptrend.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in BWEN as long as it's trending above support at $8 and then once it sustains a move or close its 50-day moving average of $8.73 with volume that hits near or above 244,632 shares. If we get that move soon, then BWEN will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $9.50 to $10, or even $10.50.

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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.