Stock Quotes in this Article: HLIT, MHGC, MTOR, BIOL, PCO

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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.

Harmonic

Harmonic (HLIT) designs, manufactures and sells versatile and hig-performance video products and system solutions that enable service providers to efficiently deliver the next generation of broadcast and on-demand services. This stock closed up 1.8% to $7.81 in Tuesday's trading session.

Tuesday's Range: $7.61-$7.85

52-Week Range: $3.96-$8.04

Tuesday's Volume: 656,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 777,544

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From a technical perspective, HLIT bounced modestly higher here right above its 50-day moving average of $7.51 with decent upside volume. This stock has been uptrending a bit for the last month, with shares moving higher from its low of $7.10 to its intraday high of $7.85. During that move, shares of HLIT have been consistently making higher lows and higher highs, which is bullish technical price action. That move is now pushing shares of HLIT within range of triggering a big breakout trade. That trade will hit if HLIT manages to take out some near-term overhead resistance at $8 to its 52-week high at $8.04 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in HLIT as long as it's trending above its 50-day at $7.51 or above more support at $7, and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 777,544 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then HLIT will set up to enter new 52-week high territory, which is bullish technical price action. Some possible upside targets off that move are $9.50 to $10.50.

Pendrell

Pendrell (PCO) is a fully integrated intellectual property investment and advisory firm. This stock closed up 2.3% to $2.18 in Tuesday's trading session.

Tuesday's Range: $2.08-$2.22

52-Week Range: $1.04-$2.71

Tuesday's Volume: 263,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 457,962

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From a technical perspective, PCO bounced higher here back above its 50-day moving average of $2.16 with lighter-than-average volume. This move is quickly pushing shares of PCO within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade. That trade will hit if PCO manages to take out some near-term overhead resistance at $2.22 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in PCO as long as it's trending above Tuesday's low of $2.08 or above $2 and then once it sustains a move or close above $2.22 with volume that hits near or above 457,962 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then PCO will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $2.50 to its 52-week high at $2.71.

Morgans Hotel Group

Morgans Hotel Group (MHGC) operates, owns, acquires, develops and redevelops boutique hotels, primarily in gateway cities and select resort markets in the U.S., Europe and other international locations and nightclubs, restaurants. This stock closed up 3.8% to $6.99 in Tuesday's trading session.

Tuesday's Range: $6.73-$7.06

52-Week Range: $4.66-$8.15

Tuesday's Volume: 388,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 196,219

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From a technical perspective, MHGC spiked higher here right above its 200-day moving average of $6.45 with above-average volume. This move is quickly pushing shares of MHGC within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade. That trade will hit if MHGC manages to take out Tuesday's high of $7.06 and then once it takes out more near-term resistance at $7.20 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in MHGC as long as it's trending above its 200-day at $6.41 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 196,219 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then MHGC will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $8 to its 52-week high at $8.15. Any high-volume move above those levels will then give MHGC a chance to tag its next major overhead resistance levels at $9 to $10.

Meritor

Meritor (MTOR) is engaged in the supply of a range of integrated systems, modules and components to original equipment manufacturers and the aftermarket for commercial vehicle, transportation and industrial sectors. This stock closed up 0.87% to $8.16 in Tuesday's trading session.

Tuesday's Range: $8.04-$8.30

52-Week Range: $3.83-$8.50

Tuesday's Volume: 644,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 1.15 million

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From a technical perspective, MTOR spiked modestly higher here right above its 50-day moving average of $7.82 with lighter-than-average volume. This move is starting to push shares of MTOR within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade. That trade will hit if MTOR manages to take out some near-term overhead resistance levels at $8.47 to its 52-week high at $8.50 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in MTOR as long as it's trending above its 50-day at $7.82 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 1.15 million shares. If that breakout hits soon, then MTOR will set up to enter new 52-week-high territory, which is bullish technical price action. Some possible upside targets off that move are $9 to $10.

Biolase

Biolase (BIOL) is a medical technology company that develops, manufactures and markets laser systems for dental and medical applications. This stock closed up 10.2% to $2.05 in Tuesday's trading session.

Tuesday's Range: $1.86-$2.11

52-Week Range: $1.16-$6.00

Tuesday's Volume: 1.28 million

Three-Month Average Volume: 689,088

From a technical perspective, BIOL ripped sharply higher here right above some near-term support at $1.80 with heavy upside volume. This move is quickly pushing shares of BIOL within range of triggering a big breakout trade. That trade will hit if BIOL manages to take out some near-term overhead resistance levels at $2.24 to its 50-day moving average at $2.48 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in BIOL as long as it's trending above $1.80 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 689,088 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 $3 to its 200-day moving average at $3.39.

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.