Stock Quotes in this Article: KEG, SMI, BIRT, SSH, IPHI

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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 $10 that are making large moves to the upside today.

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Actuate

Actuate (BIRT) provides software and services to develop and deploy custom business intelligence and information applications. This stock is trading up 7.4% to $6.05 in recent trading.

Today’s Range: $5.88-$6.07

52-Week Range: $4.97-$7.30

Volume: 671,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 256,740

From a technical perspective, BIRT is soaring higher here right above its 50-day moving average of $5.51 with above-average volume. This move has started to push shares of BIRT into breakout territory, since the stock has cleared some near-term overhead resistance at $5.84. Shares of BIRT are now quickly moving within range of triggering another major breakout trade. That trade will hit if BIRT manages to take out its 200-day moving average at $6.27 and then once it clears more resistance at $6.43 to $6.45 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in BIRT as long as it’s trending above that first breakout level of $5.84, and then once it sustains a move or close above those second tier breakout levels volume that hits near or above 256,740 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then BIRT will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $7.16 to 7.20. Any high-volume move above $7.20 to $7.30 will then push shares of BIRT into new 52-week high territory, which is bullish technical price action.

Sunshine Heart

Sunshine Heart (SSH) is an early-stage medical device company focused on developing, manufacturing and commercializing its C-Pulse Heart Assist System for treatment of Class III and ambulatory Class IV heart failure. This stock is trading up 7.5% to $6.83 in recent trading.

Today’s Range: $6.56-$6.90

52-Week Range: $2.50-$22.90

Volume: 90,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 65,389

From a technical perspective, SSH is spiking higher here right above its 50-day moving average of $6.33 with above-average volume. This stock has been uptrending strong for the last few weeks, with shares soaring higher from its low of $5.21 to its intraday high of $6.99. During that move, shares of SSH have been consistently making higher lows and higher highs, which is bullish technical price action.

That move has now pushed shares of SSH within range of triggering a major breakout trade, which will hit if SSH manages to take out its 200-day moving average of $7.07 and then once it clears more past resistance levels at $7.50 $7.65 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in SSH as long as it’s trending above its 50-day at $6.33, and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 65,389 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then SSH will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $8.50 to $9.80.

Semiconductor Manufacturing International

Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMI) is an advanced foundry in Mainland China, providing integrated circuit foundry and technology services at 0.35-micron to 40-nanometer. This stock is trading up 5.4% to $3.11 in recent trading.

Today’s Range: $9.36-$10.08

52-Week Range: $7.77-$11.71

Volume: 40,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 187,096

From a technical perspective, SMI is ripping higher here right off some near-term support at $2.95 with lighter-than-average volume. This stock has been trending sideways for the last month, with shares moving between $2.95 on the downside and $3.24 on the upside. Shares of SMI are now quickly moving within range of breaking out above the upper-end of its recent sideways chart pattern. That breakout will trigger if SMI manages to clear some near-term overhead resistance levels at $3.19 to $3.24 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in SMI as long as it’s trending above $2.95, and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 187,096 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then SMI will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $4 to $4.50.

Inphi

Inphi (IPHI) is the provider of high-speed analog semiconductor solutions for the communications and computing markets. Its analog semiconductor solutions provide high signal integrity at leading-edge data speeds. This stock is trading up 8% to $8.78 in recent trading.

Today’s Range: $8.70-$8.92

52-Week Range: $7.42-$16.05

Volume: 281,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 246,656

From a technical perspective, IPHI is soaring higher here right above some near-term support at $7.96 with above-average volume. This move is quickly pushing shares of IPHI within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade. That trade will hit if IPHI manages to take out some near-term overhead resistance levels at $8.64 to $8.76 and then once it clears its 50-day moving average of $8.83 with high volume. At last check, IPHI has hit an intraday high of $8.94 and volume has just surpassed its three-month average action of 246,656 shares.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in IPHI as long as it’s trending above today’s low of $8.13, and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 246,656 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then IPHI will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at its 200-day of $9.55 to $9.94. Any high-volume move above $9.94 will then put $10 to $10.50 into range for shares of IPHI.

Key Energy

Key Energy (KEG) provides a range of well services to oil companies, including rig-based well maintenance, workover, well completion and recompletion services, fluid management services, pressure pumping services, fishing and rental services. This stock is trading up 5.3% to $8.41 in recent trading.

Today’s Range: $8.20-$8.49

52-Week Range: $5.70-$18.18

Volume: 1.79 million

Three-Month Average Volume: 2.68 million

From a technical perspective, KEG is ripping higher here right above some near-term support at $7.93, and back above its 200-day moving average of $8.19 with decent volume. This stock has been uptrending strong for the last three months, with shares soaring from its low of $5.70 to its recent high of $8.60. During that move, shares of KEG have been consistently making higher lows and higher highs, which is bullish technical price action. That move has now push shares of KEG within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade. That breakout will hit if KEG manages to take out some near-term overhead resistance at $8.60 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in KEG as long as it’s trending above $7.93 or its 200-day at $8.19, and then once it sustains a move or close above $8.60 with volume that hits near or above 2.68 million shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then KEG will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $9.57 to $10.

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 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.