Stock Quotes in this Article: AAV, JRCC, OCZ, PURE

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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 $5 that are making large moves to the upside today.

 

James River Coal

James River Coal (JRCC) is engaged in processing and selling of thermal and metallurgical coal through eight active mining complexes located throughout eastern Kentucky, southern West Virginia and southern Indiana. This stock is trading up 6.8% to $3.27 in recent trading.

Today’s Range: $3.05-$3.33

52-Week Range: $1.68-$11.52

Volume: 1.3 million

Three-Month Average Volume: 1.55 million

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From a technical perspective, JRCC is bouncing to the upside here right off some near-term support at $3 with decent volume. This move is quickly pushing JRCC within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade. That trade will hit once JRCC manages to clear some near-term overhead resistance at $3.56 to $3.85, and then its 200-day at $4.22 and more past resistance at $4.35 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in JRCC once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 1.55 million shares. If that breakout hits soon, then JRCC will have a great chance of re-testing or possibly taking out its next major overhead resistance levels at $5 to $6.25.

Pure Bioscience

Pure Bioscience (PURE) is engaged in the development and commercialization of bioscience products that provide solutions to global health challenges. This stock is trading up 1.7% to $1.08 in recent trading.

Today’s Range: $1.02-$1.15

52-Week Range: $0.90-$6

Volume: 169,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 197,735

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From a technical perspective, PURE is bouncing here right off some near-term support at $1 with decent volume. This move is quickly pushing PURE within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade. That trade will hit once PURE manages to take out some near-term overhead resistance at $1.22 to $1.26 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in PURE as long as it’s trending above $1, and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 197,735 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then PURE could explode to the upside and possibly re-test or take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $1.80 to its 200-day at $2.13. It’s even possible that PURE could tag its 200-day at $2.60.

OCZ Technology Group

OCZ Technology Group (OCZ) provides solid state drives and memory modules for computing devices and systems. This stock is trading up 6.8% to $3.28 in recent trading.

Today’s Range: $2.97-$3.29

52-Week Range: $3.00-$10.05

Volume: 1.7 million

Three-Month Average Volume: 4.8 million

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From a technical perspective, OCZ is bouncing sharply higher here right near some recent support levels at $3.03 to $3.04 with lighter volume. This move is quickly pushing OCZ within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade. That trade will hit once OCZ manages to take out some near-term overhead resistance levels at $3.35 to $3.39 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades as long as OCZ is trending above $3, and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 4.8 million shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then OCZ will have a great chance of re-testing or possibly taking out its next major overhead resistance levels at $3.70 to $4.42.

Advantage Oil & Gas

Advantage Oil & Gas (AAV) is an intermediate oil and natural gas exploration and production company with properties located in Western Canada. This stock is trading up 3.3% to $3.97 in recent trading.

Today’s Range: $3.89-$3.98

52-Week Range: $2.47-$5.52

Volume: 76,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 195,292

From a technical perspective, AAV is bouncing higher here right around some near-term support at $3.84 with lighter volume. This move is quickly pushing AAV within range of triggering a major breakout trade. That trade will hit once AAV manages to take out some key overhead resistance at $4.12 to $4.39 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in AAV as long as it’s trending above its 50-day at $3.65, and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 195,292 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then look for AAV to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $4.87 to $5.52.

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 stocks, options, futures, commodities and currencies. He is also an outside contributor to Beconequity.com and maintains the website Maddmoney.net, which he sold to Blue Wave Advisors in 2008. Roberto studied International Business at The Milwaukee School of Engineering, and he spent a year overseas studying business in Lubeck, Germany.