Stock Quotes in this Article: IT, MKTG, DWRE, SFUN, MRIN

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.

SouFun

SouFun (SFUN) operates a real estate Internet portal in China, providing marketing, listing and other value-added services and products related to real estate and home furnishing. This stock closed up 9.8% to $49.88 in Wednesday's trading session.

Wednesday's Volume: 2.16 million

Three-Month Average Volume: 727,108

Volume % Change: 257%

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From a technical perspective, SFUN exploded higher here right above some near-term support at $44.71 with strong upside volume. This stock has been uptrending strong for the last two months and change, with shares moving sharply higher from its low of $22.29 to its recent high of $53.77. During that move, shares of SFUN have been making mostly higher lows and higher highs, which is bullish technical price action. That move has now pushed shares of SFUN within range of triggering a big breakout trade. That trade will hit if SFUN manages to take out some near-term overhead resistance levels at $51 to its 52-week high at $53.77 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in SFUN as long as it's trending above support at $44.71, and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 727,108 shares. If that breakout hits soon, then SFUN will set up to enter new 52-week-high territory above $53.77, which is bullish technical price action. Some possible upside targets off that breakout are $60 to $65.

Responsys

Responsys (MKTG) is a provider of email and cross-channel marketing solutions that enable companies to engage in relationship-based marketing across interactive channels. This stock closed up 9.4% to $16.31 in Wednesday's trading session.

Wednesday's Volume: 1.79 million

Three-Month Average Volume: 421,794

Volume % Change: 317%

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From a technical perspective, MKTG gapped sharply higher here and broke out above some near-term overhead resistance at $15.54 with monster upside volume. This move is quickly pushing shares of MKTG within range of triggering a big breakout trade. That trade will hit if MKTG manages to take out Wednesday's high of $16.49 to its 52-week high at $16.93 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in MKTG as long as it's trending above Wednesday's low of $15.44 or above its 50-day at $14.47 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 421,794 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then MKTG will set up to enter new 52-week-high territory, which is bullish technical price action. Some possible upside targets off that breakout are its all-time high at $18.19 to north of $20.

Gartner

Gartner (IT) is an information technology research and advisory company. This stock closed up 1.6% at $57.81 in Wednesday's trading session.

Wednesday's Volume: 1.60 million

Three-Month Average Volume: 459,018

Volume % Change: 276%

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From a technical perspective, IT bounced modestly higher here right off some near-term support at $56.55 with strong upside volume. This stock has been trending sideways inside of a consolidation chart pattern for the last month and change, with shares moving between $55.75 on the downside and $59.95 on the upside. Shares of IT are now starting to move within range of triggering a breakout trade above the upper-end of its sideways trading price action. That trade will hit if IT manages to clear its 50-day moving average at $58.84 and then once it takes out more resistance at $59.95 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in IT as long as it's trending above some near-term support levels at $56.55 or $55.75 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that's near or above 459,018 shares. If that breakout hits soon, then IT will set up to re-test or possibly take out its 52-week high at $63.

Demandware

Demandware (DWRE) provides software-as-a-service e-commerce solutions that enable companies to easily design, implement and manage their own customized e-commerce sites, including Web sites, mobile applications and other digital storefronts. This stock closed up 6% at $47.38 in Wednesday's trading session.

Wednesday's Volume: 822,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 326,322

Volume % Change: 150%

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From a technical perspective, DWRE soared sharply higher here back above its 50-day moving average of $45.07 with above-average volume. This move pushed shares of DWRE into breakout territory, since the stock cleared some near-term overhead resistance levels at $45.67 to $47.24. Shares of DWRE are now quickly moving within range of triggering another big breakout trade. That trade will hit if DWRE manages to take out Wednesday's high of $47.76 and then once it clears its all-time high at $49.11 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in DWRE as long as it's trending above its 50-day at $45.07 or above more near-term support at $44 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that's near or above 326,322 shares. If that breakout hits soon, then DWRE will set up to enter new all-time-high territory, which is bullish technical price action. Some possible upside targets off that move are $55 to $60.

Marin Software

Marin Software (MRIN) provides a cloud-based revenue acquisition management platform, offering integrated digital advertising management solutions for search, display, social media and mobile advertising. This stock closed up 6.1% at $13.03 in Wednesday's trading session.

Wednesday's Volume: 466,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 114,298

Volume % Change: 275%

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From a technical perspective, MRIN spiked sharply higher here back above its 50-day moving average of $12.63 with heavy upside volume. This spike higher is coming after shares of MRIN pulled back from its August high of $14.37 to its recent low of $11.50. It looks like the downside volatility for MRIN could be over in the short-term and the stock is now moving within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade. That trade will hit if MRIN manages to take out Wednesday's high of $13.45 and then once it clears more key resistance levels at $14.11 to $14.37 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in MRIN as long as it's trending above its 50-day at $12.63 or above more support at $12 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that's near or above 114,298 shares. If that breakout hits soon, then MRIN will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $16 to $18.

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-- 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.