Stock Quotes in this Article: CDTI, SCON, TTHI, VICL, ONVO

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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.

Vical

Vical (VICL) researches and develops biopharmaceutical products based on its patented DNA delivery technologies for the prevention and treatment of serious or life-threatening diseases. This stock closed up 2.2% to $1.29 in Thursday's trading session.

Thursday's Range: $1.27-$1.30

52-Week Range: $1.17-$4.51

Thursday's Volume: 774,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 2.14 million

From a technical perspective, VICL rose modestly higher here right above some near-term support at $1.25 with lighter-than-average volume. This stock has been trending sideways inside of a consolidation pattern for the last two months and change, with shares moving between $1.17 on the downside and $1.64 on the upside. This sideways trend is coming after shares of VICL gapped down sharply in August from $3.75 to $1.37 with heavy downside volume. Shares of VICL are now starting to trend within range of triggering a big breakout trade above the upper-end of its consolidating chart pattern. That trade will hit if VICL manages to take out its 50-day at $1.40, and then once it clears more key resistance levels at $1.44 to $1.64 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in VICL as long as it's trending above support at $1.25 or $1.21 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 2.14 million shares. If that breakout hits soon, then VICL will set up to re-fill some of its previous gap down zone from August that started near $3.75.

Transition Therapeutics

Transition Therapeutics (TTHI) is a product-focused biopharmaceutical company, developing therapeutics for disease indications with markets. This stock closed up 9.5% to $4.80 in Thursday's trading session.

Thursday's Range: $4.38-$4.83

52-Week Range: $1.90-$4.99

Thursday's Volume: 143,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 157,125

From a technical perspective, TTHI exploded to the upside here right above its 50-day moving average of $4.16 with decent upside volume. This move pushed shares of TTHI into breakout territory, since the stock took out some past overhead resistance at $4.53. Shares of TTHI are now quickly moving within range of triggering another big breakout trade. That trade will hit if TTHI manages to clear Thursday's high of $4.83 to its 52-week high at $4.99 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in TTHI as long as it's trending above $4.50 or its 50-day at $4.16 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 157,125 shares. If that breakout hits soon, then TTHI will set up to tag $6 to $7.

Clean Diesel Technologies

Clean Diesel Technologies (CDTI) is a manufacturer and distributor of heavy-duty diesel and light-duty vehicle emissions control systems and products to major automakers and retrofitters. This stock closed up 11% to $1.61 in Thursday's trading session.

Thursday's Range: $1.45-$1.63

52-Week Range: $1.10-$3.05

Thursday's Volume: 483,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 182,652

From a technical perspective, CDTI exploded to the upside here right off its 50-day moving average of $1.48 with heavy upside volume flows. This move is quickly pushing shares of CDTI within range of triggering a big breakout trade. That trade will hit if CDTI manages to take out Thursday's high of $1.63 to some more near-term overhead resistance levels at $1.65 to $1.68 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in CDTI as long as it's trending above its 50-day at $1.48 or above more support at $1.40 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 182,652 shares. If that breakout hits soon, then CDTI will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at its 200-day moving average of $1.92 to $2.08. Any high-volume move above those levels will then give CDTI a chance to tag $2.25 to $2.50.

Superconductor Technologies

Superconductor Technologies (SCON) develops high-temperature superconductor materials and related technologies. It also designs, manufactures, and sells high-performance infrastructure products for wireless communication applications. This stock closed up 10.1% to $1.96 in Thursday's trading session.

Thursday's Range: $1.80-$2.08

52-Week Range: $1.42-$6.72

Thursday's Volume: 2.30 million

Three-Month Average Volume: 281,509

From a technical perspective, SCON exploded higher here right above its 50-day moving average of $1.61 with monster upside volume. This move pushed shares of SCON into breakout territory, since the stock took out some near-term overhead resistance levels at $1.89 to $1.95. Shares of SCON are now quickly moving within range of triggering another big breakout trade. That trade will hit if SCON manages to take out Thursday's high of $2.08 and some past overhead resistance near $2.25 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in SCON as long as it's trending above Thursday's low of $1.79 or its 50-day at $1.61 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 281,509 shares. If that breakout hits soon, then SCON will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels a $2.85 to $3. Any high-volume move above those levels will then give SCON a chance to tag $3.88 to $4.

Organovo

Organovo (ONVO) is a three-dimensional biology company focused on delivering breakthrough bioprinting technology and creating tissue on demand for research and medical applications. This stock closed up 5.5% to $6.07 in Thursday's trading session.

Thursday's Range: $5.75-$6.08

52-Week Range: $1.80-$8.50

Thursday's Volume: 2.74 million

Three-Month Average Volume: 2.75 million

From a technical perspective, ONVO ripped higher here right off its 50-day moving average of $5.72 with decent upside volume. This move is quickly pushing shares of ONVO within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade. That trade will hit if ONVO manages to take out some near-term overhead resistance levels at $6.09 to $6.33, and then once it clears more resistance at $6.39 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in ONVO as long as it's trending above its 50-day at $5.72 or above more support at $5.33, and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 2.75 million shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then ONVO will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $7.50 to its 52-week high at $8.50.

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 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.