Stock Quotes in this Article: AKS, ALTI, CREG, PTIX

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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.

China Recycling Energy

China Recycling Energy (CREG) engages in the recycling energy business, providing energy savings and recycling products and services. This stock closed up 9.2% to $3.07 in Tuesday's trading session.

Tuesday's Range: $2.69-$3.14

52-Week Range: $0.78-$3.14

Tuesday's Volume: 410,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 95,671

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From a technical perspective, CREG spiked sharply higher here right above some near-term support at $2.60 with heavy upside volume. This stock has been uptrending strong for the last three months, with shares moving higher from its low of $1.66 to its recent high of $3.16. During that uptrend, shares of CREG have been consistently making higher lows and higher highs, which is bullish technical price action. That move has now pushed shares of CREG within range of triggering a major breakout trade. That trade will hit if CREG manages to take out some near-term overhead resistance levels at $3.16 to $3.50 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in CREG as long as it's trending above support at $2.60 or above its 50-day at $2.41 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 95,671 shares. If that breakout hits soon, then CREG will set up to tag $4 to $5.

Performance Technologies

Performance Technologies (PTIX) is a supplier of advanced network communications solutions to carrier, government and OEM markets. This stock closed up 14.1% to $3.15 in Tuesday's trading session.

Tuesday's Range: $2.80-$3.20

52-Week Range: $0.73-$3.97

Tuesday's Volume: 364,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 262,357

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From a technical perspective, PTIX skyrocketed higher here right above some near-term support at $2.70 and back above its 50-day moving average of $2.94 with above-average volume. This stock has been trending sideways and consolidating for the last three months, with shares moving between $2.59 on the downside and $3.97 on the upside. Shares of PTIX are now starting to move within range of triggering a big breakout trade above the upper-end of its recent range. That breakout will hit if PTIX manages to take out some key near-term overhead resistance levels at $3.20 to $3.25, and then once it takes out more resistance at $3.79 to its 52-week high at $3.97 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in PTIX as long as it's trending above support at $2.70 or $2.59 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 262,357 shares. If that breakout hits soon, then PTIX will set up to enter new 52-week-high territory above $3.97, which is bullish technical price action. Some possible upside targets off that breakout are $5 to $6.

Altair Nanotechnologies

Altair Nanotechnologies (ALTI) develops, manufactures and sells nano lithium titanate batteries and energy storage systems. This stock closed up 6.8% to $4.82 in Tuesday's trading session.

Tuesday's Range: $4.45-$5.05

52-Week Range: $2.02-$8.00

Tuesday's Volume: 76,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 103,311

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From a technical perspective, ALTI spiked sharply higher here right above some near-term support at $4.30 with lighter-than-average volume. This stock recently dropped sharply from its high of $8 to $4.30 with heavy downside volume flows. During that plunge, shares of ALTI have been consistently making lower highs and lower lows, which is bearish technical price action. That said, shares of ALTI now look ready to see an end to its downside volatility, since the stock is starting to rebound off that $4.30 low and move within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade. That trade will hit if ALTI manages to take out some near-term overhead resistance at $5.08 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in ALTI as long as it's trending above Tuesday's low of $4.45 or above more support at $4.30 and then once it sustains a move or close above $5.08 with volume that hits near or above 103,311 shares. If that breakout hits soon, then ALTI will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels $6 to $6.50.

AK Steel

AK Steel (AKS) is a producer of flat-rolled carbon, stainless and electrical steels, and tubular products through its wholly owned subsidiary, AK Steel Corporation. This stock closed up 5.8% to $4.43 in Tuesday's trading session.

Tuesday's Range: $4.11-$4.45

52-Week Range: $2.76-$5.77

Tuesday's Volume: 8.76 million

Three-Month Average Volume: 5.23 million

From a technical perspective, AKS spiked sharply higher here with heavy upside volume. This stock has been uptrending strong for the last month, with shares moving higher from its low of $3.73 to its recent high of $4.46. During that uptrend, shares of AKS have been consistently making higher lows and higher highs, which is bullish technical price action. That move has now pushed shares of AKS within range of triggering a major breakout trade. That trade will hit if AKS manages to take out some near-term overhead resistance levels at $4.46 to $4.65 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in AKS as long as it's trending above Tuesday's low of $4.11 or above its 50-day at $3.89 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 5.23 million shares. If that breakout hits soon, then AKS will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $4.94 to its 52-week high at $5.77.

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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.