Stock Quotes in this Article: ASTC, EGI, ENG, USEG

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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.

 

US Energy

 

US Energy (USEG), an independent energy company, focuses on the acquisition and development of oil and gas producing properties in the continental U.S. This stock closed up 6.9% to $3.53 in Thursday's trading session.

 

Thursday's Range: $3.29-$3.53

52-Week Range: $1.45-$4.06

Thursday's Volume: 116,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 219,710

 

From a technical perspective, USEG bounced sharply higher here right off some near-term support at $3.27 and back above its 50-day moving average of $3.45 with lighter-than-average volume. This stock recently formed a triple bottom chart pattern at $3.32, $3.21 and $3.27. Since finding buying interest at those levels, shares of USEG are now spiking higher and moving within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade. That trade will hit if USEG manages to take out some near-term overhead resistance levels at $3.65 to $3.80 with high volume.

 

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in USEG as long as it's trending above some key near-term support levels at $3.27 or at $3.21 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 219,710 shares. If that breakout hits soon, then USEG will set up to re-test or possibly take out its 52-week high at $4.06. Any high-volume move above that level will then give USEG a chance to tag its next major overhead resistance levels at $4.60 to $5.

 

ENGlobal

 

ENGlobal (ENG) provides engineering and professional services principally to the energy sector in the U.S. and internationally. This stock closed up 9% to $1.60 in Thursday's trading session.

 

Thursday's Range: $1.48-$1.63

52-Week Range: $0.30-$1.88

Thursday's Volume: 245,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 59,090

 

From a technical perspective, ENG spiked sharply higher here back above its 50-day moving average of $1.50 with above-average volume. This move pushed shares of ENG into breakout territory, since the stock took out some near-term overhead resistance at $1.59. Shares of ENG are now starting to move within range of triggering another near-term breakout trade. That trade will hit if ENG manages to take out some near-term overhead resistance levels at $1.66 to $1.71 with high volume.

 

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in ENG as long as it's trending above Thursday's low of $1.48 or above more support at $1.40 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 59,090 shares. If that breakout hits soon, then ENG will set up to re-test or possibly take out its 52-week high at $1.88. Any high-volume move above that level will then give ENG a chance to tag $2 to $2.20.

 

Astrotech

 

Astrotech (ASTC) operates as a commercial aerospace company in the U.S. This stock closed up 7.2% to $3.26 a share in Thursday's trading session.

 

Thursday's Range: $3.02-$3.31

52-Week Range: $0.61-$4.05

Thursday's Volume: 295,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 570,805

 

From a technical perspective, ASTC spiked sharply higher here right above some near-term support at $2.96 with lighter-than-average volume. This stock has been uptrending strong for the last four months, with shares moving higher from its low of 63 cents per share to its recent high of $4.05. During that uptrend, shares of ASTC have been making mostly higher lows and higher highs, which is bullish technical price action. This spike on Thursday is now starting to push shares of ASTC within range of triggering a major breakout trade. That trade will hit if ASTC manages to take out some near-term overhead resistance levels at $3.50 to $3.75 and then once it takes out its 52-week high at $4.05 with high volume.

 

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in ASTC as long as it's trending above its 50-day at $2.66 or above more near-term support at $2.62 and then once it sustain a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 570,805 shares. If that breakout hits soon, then ASTC will set up to enter new 52-week high territory, which is bullish technical price action. Some possible upside targets of that breakout are $5 to $5.50.

 

Entr

 

Entr (EGI), an exploration stage company, engages in the development and exploration of mineral resource properties in Mongolia, the U.S., Peru, and Australia. This stock closed up 7.1% to 37 cents per share in Thursday's trading session.

 

Thursday's Range: $0.34-$0.37

52-Week Range: $0.22-$0.62

Thursday's Volume: 61,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 73,948

 

From a technical perspective, EGI spiked sharply higher here right above its 200-day moving average of 33 cents per share with decent upside volume. This move is quickly pushing shares of EGI within range of triggering a major breakout trade. That trade will hit if EGI manages to take out some near-term overhead resistance levels at 38 to 40 cents per share with high volume.

 

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in EGI as long as it's trending above its 200-day at 33 cents per share and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 73,948 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then EGI will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at 43 to 51 cents per share. Any high-volume move above those levels will then give EGI a chance to tag 60 cents per share to its 52-week high at 62 cents per share.

 

To see more stocks that are making notable moves higher, check out the Stocks Under $10 Moving Higher portfolio on Stockpickr.

 

-- 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.