Stock Quotes in this Article: BDC, LTC, MWV, NQ

DELAFIELD, Wis. (Stockpickr) -- Professional traders running mutual funds and hedge funds don't just look at a stock's price moves; they also track big changes in volume activity. Often when above-average volume moves into an equity, it precedes a large spike in volatility.

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Major moves in volume can signal unusual activity, such as insider buying or selling -- or buying or selling by "superinvestors."

Unusual volume can also be a major signal that hedge funds and momentum traders are piling into a stock ahead of a catalyst. These types of traders like to get in well before a large spike, so it's always a smart move to monitor unusual volume. That said, remember to combine trend and price action with unusual volume. Put them all together to help you decipher the next big trend for any stock.

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With that in mind, let's take a look at several stocks rising on unusual volume recently.

NQ Mobile

NQ Mobile (NQ) provides mobile Internet services in the areas of mobile security, privacy, productivity, personalized cloud and family protection. This stock closed up 12.2% at $15.63 in Wednesday's trading session.

Wednesday's Volume: 11.81 million

Three-Month Average Volume: 7.10 million

Volume % Change: 195%

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From a technical perspective, NQ gapped sharply higher here with heavy upside volume. This move briefly pushed shares of NQ into breakout territory, since the stock flirted with some near-term overhead resistance at $16.30. Shares of NQ hit an intraday high on Wednesday of $16.63 before finishing the trading session at $15.63. Market players should now look for a continuation move higher in the short-term if NQ can manage to take out Wednesday's high of $16.63 with strong volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in NQ as long as it's trending above Wednesday's low of $15.10 and then once it sustains a move or close above $16.63 with volume that this near or above 7.10 million shares. If we get that move soon, then NQ could rip sharply higher towards $20 to $22.

MeadWestvaco

MeadWestvaco (MWV) provides packaging solutions to healthcare, beauty and personal care, food, beverage, home and garden, tobacco and agricultural industries worldwide. This stock closed up 4.8% at $37.38 in Wednesday's trading session.

Wednesday's Volume: 3.75 million

Three-Month Average Volume: 1.05 million

Volume % Change: 281%

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From a technical perspective, MWV gapped up sharply higher here and broke out above some near-term overhead resistance at $37.04 with strong upside volume. This move also pushed shares of MWV well above both its 50-day moving average of $35.31 and its 200-day moving average of $35.80. This move is starting to push shares of MWV within range of triggering a major breakout trade. That trade will hit if MWV manages to take out Wednesday's high of $37.85 to its 52-week high at $39.38 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in MWV as long as it's trending above Wednesday's low of $36.73 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that's near or above 1.05 million shares. If that breakout hits soon, then MWV will set up to enter new 52-week-high territory, which is bullish technical price action. Some possible upside targets off that breakout are $43 to $45.

LTC Properties

LTC Properties (LTC) operates as a health care real estate investment trust in the U.S. This stock closed up 3% to $36.30 in Wednesday's trading session.

Wednesday's Volume: 605,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 160,662

Volume % Change: 304%

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From a technical perspective, LTC spiked notably higher here with heavy upside volume. This stock recently formed a double bottom chart pattern at $34.72 to $34.77. Following that bottom, shares of LTC have now started to spike higher and move within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade. That trade will hit if LTC manages to take out its 50-day moving average of $36.88 to some more near-term overhead resistance at $37.72 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in LTC as long as it's trending above those double bottom support areas and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 160,662 shares. If that breakout hits soon, then LTC will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at its 200-day moving average of $38.76 to $40.

Belden

Belden (BDC) designs, manufactures and markets signal transmission solutions for the broadcast, enterprise and industrial markets. This stock closed up 1.7% to $70.52 in Wednesday's trading session.

Wednesday's Volume: 593,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 210,695

Volume % Change: 159%

From a technical perspective, BDC spiked modestly higher here right above its 50-day moving average of $68.54 with above-average volume. This stock has been uptrending strong for the last four months and change, with shares moving higher from its low of $55.99 to its recent high of $72.07. During that uptrend, shares of BDC have been consistently making higher lows and higher highs, which is bullish technical price action. That move has now pushed shares of BDC within range of triggering a big breakout trade. That trade will hit if BDC manages to take out some near-term overhead resistance levels at $70.73 to its 52-week high at $72.07 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in BDC as long as it's trending above Wednesday's low of $69.47 or above its 50-day at $68.54 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 210,695 shares. If that breakout hits soon, then BDC will set up to enter new 52-week-high territory, which is bullish technical price action. Some possible upside targets off that breakout are $78 to $80.

To see more stocks rising on unusual volume, check out the Stocks Rising on Unusual Volume 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.