Stock Quotes in this Article: AHS, GTIV, JMBA, OMAB, CNDO

 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 today.

AMN Healthcare Services

AMN Healthcare Services (AHS), a health care staffing company, recruits and places physicians, nurses and allied health professionals nationally and internationally on a temporary or permanent basis at health care facilities throughout the U.S. This stock closed up 9.1% to $15.90 in Monday's trading session.

Monday's Volume: 1.04 million

Three-Month Average Volume: 319,252

Volume % Change: 232%

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From a technical perspective, AHS exploded higher here right off its 50-day moving average of $14.67 with heavy upside volume. This move pushed shares of AHS into breakout and new 52-week-high territory, since the stock took out some key overhead resistance levels at $15.67 to $15.94. At last check, AHS hit an intraday high of $16.05 and volume was well above its three-month average action of 319,252 shares.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in AHS as long as it's trending above $15.50 or above its 50-day at $14.67 and then once it sustains a move or close above Monday's high of $16.05 with volume that hits near or above 319,252 shares. If we get that move soon, then AHS will set up to enter new 52-week-high territory, which is bullish technical price action. Some possible upside targets off that breakout are $20 to $22.

Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte

Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte (OMAB), through its subsidiaries, holds concessions to operate, maintain and develop 13 airports in Mexico. This stock closed up 3.3% to $29.21 in Monday's trading session.

Monday's Volume: 197,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 53,939

Volume % Change: 214%

Shares of OMAB rose modestly on Monday after Barclays raised its rating on the stock to overweight from equal weight.

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From a technical perspective, OMAB spiked higher here right above some near-term support at $27 with above-average volume. This stock has been uptrending strong for the last month and change, with shares moving higher from its low of $21.01 to its intraday high of $29.50. During that move, shares of OMAB have been making mostly higher lows and higher highs, which is bullish technical price action. That move has now pushed shares of OMAB within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade. That trade will hit if OMAB manages to take out some near-term overhead resistance levels at $29.50 to $30 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in OMAB as long as it's trending above $28 or $27 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 53,939 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then OMAB will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $32.23 to $33. Any high-volume move above those levels will then put its next major overhead resistance levels at $33.75 to its 52-week high at $34.80 into range for shares of OMAB.

Jamba

Jamba (JMBA) operates as a retailer of blended-to-order fruit smoothies, squeezed-to-order juices, blended beverages and snacks. This stock closed up 3.1% at $15.99 in Monday's trading session.

Monday's Volume: 462,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 197,433

Volume % Change: 165%

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From a technical perspective, JMBA ripped higher here back above its 50-day moving average of $15.64 with above-average volume. This move is quickly pushing shares of JMBA within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade. That trade will hit if JMBA manages to take out some near-term overhead resistance levels at $16.49 to its 52-week high at $17.50 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in JMBA as long as it's trending above its 50-day at $15.64 to above Monday's low of $15.20 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that this near or above 197,433 shares. If that breakout hits soon, then JMBA will set up to enter new 52-week-high territory, which is bullish technical price action. Some possible upside targets off that breakout are $20 to $23.

Coronado Biosciences

Coronado Biosciences (CNDO) is a biopharmaceutical company focused on novel immunotherapy biologic agents for autoimmune diseases and cancer. This stock closed up 21.9% at $10.02 in Monday's trading session.

Monday's Volume: 1.70 million

Three-Month Average Volume: 389,269

Volume % Change: 315%

Shares of CNDO skyrocketed higher on Monday after the company said it finished enrolling patients in mid-stage trial of TSO, or CNDO-201, as a treatment for Crohn's disease.

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From a technical perspective, CNDO screamed higher here back above its 50-day moving average of $8.55 and into breakout territory above $8.94 to $9.50 with heavy upside volume. This move is quickly pushing shares of CNDO within range of triggering another major breakout trade. That trade will hit if CNDO manages to take out some near-term overhead resistance levels at $10.18 to $10.35 and then once it clears $11 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in CNDO as long as it's trending above its first tier breakout levels of $9.50 or $8.94 and then once it sustains a move or close above those second tier breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 389,269 shares. If that breakout hits soon, then CNDO will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $11.81 to its 52-week high at $12.70.

Gentiva Health Services

Gentiva Health Services (GTIV) is a provider of home health services and hospice services serving patients throughout the U.S. This stock closed up 1.9% at $11.38 in Monday's trading session.

Monday's Volume: 371,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 245,088

Volume % Change: 80%

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From a technical perspective, GTIV trended modestly higher here right above some near-term support at $10.75 with above-average volume. This stock has been uptrending strong for the last month, with shares surging higher from its low of $8.47 to its recent high of $11.82. During that move, shares of GTIV have been consistently making higher lows and higher highs, which is bullish technical price action. That move has now pushed shares of GTIV within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade. That trade will hit if GTIV manages to take out some near-term overheard resistance levels at $11.82 to $11.90 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in GTIV as long as it's trending above $10.75 or above its 50-day at $10.48 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that's near or above 245,088 shares. If that breakout hits soon, then GTIV will set up to re-test or possibly take out its 52-week high at $12.90. Any high-volume move above $12.90 will then put $14 to $15 within range for shares of GTIV.

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.