Stock Quotes in this Article: MXWL, OCZ, PRKR, ACTV

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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.

OCZ Technology

OCZ Technology (OCZ) provides solid state drives and memory modules for computing devices and systems. This stock closed up 2.7% to $1.52 on Thursday.

Thursday's Range: $1.49-$1.55

52-Week Range: $1.11-$7.67

Volume: 1.03 million

Three-Month Average Volume: 1.32 million

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From a technical perspective, OCZ bounced higher here right above its 50-day moving average at $1.37 with decent upside volume. This move is quickly pushing shares of OCZ within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade. That trade will hit if OCZ manages to take out some near-term overhead resistance levels at $1.57 to $1.70 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in OCZ as long as it's trending above its 50-day at $1.37 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 1.32 million shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then OCZ will set up to re-test or possibly take out its 200-day moving average at $1.89 or its next major overhead resistance levels at $2.16 to $2.28. Any high-volume move above those levels will then put its next major overhead resistance levels at $2.77 into range for shares of OCZ.

Active Network

Active Network (ACTV) provides applications that form an online network connecting a fragmented and diverse group of activity and event organizers with a large base of potential participants. This stock closed up 3.8% to $7.27 on Thursday.

Thursday's Range: $6.98-$7.27

52-Week Range: $3.83-$15.60

Volume: 512,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 472,947

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From a technical perspective, ACTV trended higher here right off some near-term support at $7 with above-average volume. This stock has been uptrending strong for the last three months, with shares soaring higher from its low of $3.83 to its recent high of $7.67. During that move, shares of ACTV have been consistently making higher lows and higher highs, which is bullish technical price action. That move has now pushed shares of ACTV within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade. That trade will hit if ACTV if it manages to take out some near-term overhead resistance levels at $7.50 to $7.67 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in ACTV as long as it's trending above some near-term support at $7 or above its 200-day at $6.47, and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 472,947 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then ACTV will set up to re-fill its previous gap down zone from last November that started near $10.

Maxwell Technologies

Maxwell Technologies (MXWL) develops, manufactures and markets energy storage and power delivery products for transportation, industrial telecommunications and other applications and microelectronic products for space and satellite applications. This stock closed up 5.3% to $7.12 on Thursday.

Thursday's Range: $6.78-$7.27

52-Week Range: $4.90-$11.08

Volume: 744,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 453,165

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From a technical perspective, MXWL ripped higher here right above its 50-day moving average of $6.60 with above-average volume. This stock recently formed a double bottom chart pattern at around $6.51 to $6.52. Following that bottom, shares of MXWL have resumed its uptrend and now look ready to trigger a near-term breakout trade. That trade will hit if MXWL manages to take out its 200-day moving average at $7.48 and then once it clears more resistance at $7.90 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in MXWL as long as it's trending above some key near-term support levels at $6.51 or $6.37 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 453,165 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then MXWL will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $8.50 to $9.23. Any high-volume move above those levels will then give MXWL a chance to trend north of $10.

Parkervision

Parkervision (PRKR) designs, develops and markets its proprietary radio frequency technologies and products for use in semiconductor circuits for wireless communication products. This stock closed up 1.8% to $4.44 cents per share on Thursday.

Thursday's Range: $4.34-$4.56

52-Week Range: $1.48-$4.70

Volume: 730,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 848,038

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From a technical perspective, PRKR bounced modestly higher here right above its 50-day moving average at $4.16 with decent upside volume. This stock recently formed a double bottom chart pattern at $3.91 to $3.93. Since marking that bottom, shares of PRKR have resumed its uptrend and broken out back above both its 50-day and some near-term overhead resistance at $4.35. Shares of PRKR are now quickly moving within range of triggering a major breakout trade. That trade will hit if PRKR manages to take out its 52-week high at $4.70 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in PRKR as long as it's trending above its 50-day at $4.16 or above some more key near-term support at $3.91 and then once it sustains a move or close above $4.70 with volume that hits near or above 848,038 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then PRKR will set up to enter new 52-week-high territory, which is bullish technical price action. Some possible upside targets off that breakout are $6 to $7, or even north of $7.

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 Madison, Wis.

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At the time of publication, author had no positions in stocks mentioned.

Roberto Pedone, based out of Madison, 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.