Stock Quotes in this Article: PGNX, QUIK, TPGI, BIOL

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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.

Biolase

Biolase (BIOL) is a medical technology company that develops, manufactures and markets laser systems for dental and medical applications. This stock closed up 2.4% to $2.11 in Thursday's trading session.

Thursday's Range: $2.04-$2.11

52-Week Range: $1.15-$5.98

Thursday's Volume: 376,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 320,703

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From a technical perspective, BIOL spiked modestly higher here right above its 50-day moving average of $1.83 with above-average volume. This stock has been uptrending strong for the last month and change, with shares moving higher from its low of $1.47 to its intraday high of $2.11. During that move, shares of BIOL have been consistently making higher lows and higher highs, which is bullish technical price action. That move has now pushed shares of BIOL within range of triggering a big breakout trade. That trade will hit if BIOL manages to take out Thursday's high of $2.11, and then once it clears some more key overhead resistance levels at $2.25 to $2.50 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in BIOL as long as it's trending above its 50-day at $1.83 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 320,703 shares. If that breakout hits soon, then BIOL will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at its 200-day moving average of $3.11 to $3.50.

QuickLogic

QuickLogic (QUIK) develops and markets low-power customizable semiconductor solutions that enable customers to add new features, extend battery life and improve the visual experience with their mobile, consumer and enterprise products. This stock closed up 3.9% to $3.66 in Thursday's trading session.

Thursday's Range: $3.47-$3.69

52-Week Range: $2.01-$4.17

Thursday's Volume: 197,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 360,284

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From a technical perspective, QUIK spiked sharply higher here right above its 50-day moving average of $3.40 with lighter-than-average volume. This stock has been uptrending strong for the last two months, with shares moving higher from its low of $2.91 to its recent high of $3.70. During that move, shares of QUIK have been consistently making higher lows and higher highs, which is bullish technical price action. That move has now pushed shares of QUIK within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade. That trade will hit if QUIK manages to take some near-term overhead resistance at $3.70 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in QUIK as long as it's trending above its 50-day at $3.44 or above more near-term support at $3.33 and then once it sustains a move or close above $3.70 with volume that hits near or above 360,284 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then QUIK will set up to re-test or possibly take out its 52-week high at $4.17. Any high-volume move above $4.17 will then give QUIK a chance to tag its next major overhead resistance level at $4.64.

Thomas Properties Group

Thomas Properties Group (TPGI) is a full-service real estate company that owns, acquires, develops and manages mainly office, as well as mixed-use and residential properties. This stock closed up 1.7% to $6.85 in Thursday's trading session.

Thursday's Range: $6.67-$6.90

52-Week Range: $4.99-$7.16

Thursday's Volume: 362,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 79,734

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From a technical perspective, shares of TPGI trended modestly higher here back above its 50-day moving average of $6.75 with above-average volume. This stock recently formed a double bottom chart pattern at $6.42 to $6.44. Following that bottom, shares of TPGI have now spiked higher back above its 50-day and it's quickly moving within range of triggering a big breakout trade. That trade will hit if TPGI manages to take out some near-term overhead resistance levels at $6.95 to its 52-week high at $7.16 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in TPGI as long as it's trending above some key near-term support at $6.42 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 79,734 shares. If that breakout hits soon, then TPGI will set up to enter new 52-week-high territory, which is bullish technical price action. Some possible upside targets off that breakout are $10 to $11.

Progenics Pharmaceuticals

Progenics Pharmaceuticals (PGNX) develops and commercializes therapeutics for patients suffering from cancer and related conditions. This stock closed up 4.6% to $4.93 in Thursday's trading session.

Thursday's Range: $4.85-$4.96

52-Week Range: $2.53-$6.47

Thursday's Volume: 1.08 million

Three-Month Average Volume: 585,081

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From a technical perspective, PGNX gapped sharply higher here back above its 200-day moving average of $4.73 with heavy upside volume. This move is quickly pushing shares of PGNX within range of triggering a big breakout trade. That trade will hit if PGNX manages to take out Thursday's high of $4.96 to some more near-term overhead resistance at $5.29 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in PGNX as long as it's trending above some near-term support at $4.50 or above its 50-day at $4.25 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 585,081 shares. If that breakout hits soon, then PGNX will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $6.29 to its 52-week high at $6.47. Any high-volume move above those levels will then give PGNX a chance to re-fill some of its previous gap down zone from July of 2012 that started at $11.

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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.