Stock Quotes in this Article: AVID, HW, STEM, UEC, NQ

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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.

StemCells

StemCells (STEM) is engaged in the research, development, and commercialization of stem cell therapeutics and related enabling technologies for academia and industry. This stock is trading up 3.3% at $1.83 in recent trading.

Today’s Range: $1.81-$1.96

52-Week Range: $0.59-$3.57

Volume: 2.1 million

Three-Month Average Volume: 1.4 million

From a technical perspective, STEM is starting to spike higher here with above average volume. This stock has been moving within a range for the past week, between $1.70 and around $2.10.

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Traders can now look for long-biased trades in STEM as long as it holds that $1.70 support level, and then once it breaks out above $2.10 to $2.31 with high volume. Look for a sustained move or close above $2.10 to $2.31 with volume that’s near or above 1,357,410 shares. If we get that breakout soon, then STEM will have a chance of soaring to $2.65 in the near future. If that $2.65 levels ever gets taken out with volume, then STEM has a great chance of hitting $4.

Headwaters

Headwaters (HW) provides products, technologies and services in the building products, construction materials and energy industries. This stock is trading up 17.7% to $6.43 in recent trading.

Today’s Range: $5.36-$6.44

52-Week Range: $1.05-$6.17

Volume: 1.5 million

Three-Month Average Volume: 631,017

Shares of HW are soaring today after the company reported earnings per share of 3 cents for the quarter, missing Wall Street estimates of 4 cents per share. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 9.3% on a year-over-year basis.

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From a technical perspective, HW is ripping to the upside here off some near-term support at $5.25 with above average volume. This move is quickly pushing the stock within range of triggering a major breakout trade. That trade will hit once HW takes out some past overhead resistance at $6.41 to $6.51 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in HW if it can sustain a move or close above those levels with volume that’s near or above 631,017 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then look for HW to trade north of $7 in the near future. At last check, HW has hit an intraday high of $6.44 and volume is huge with over 1.48 million shares traded.

Avid Technology

Avid Technology (AVID) is a provider of digital media content-creation products and solutions for film, video, audio and broadcast professionals, as well as artists and home enthusiasts. This stock is trading up 25% to $9.49 in recent trading.

Today’s Range: $7.57-$9.54

52-Week Range: $5.76-$13.12

Volume: 685,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 171,184

Shares of AVID are soaring higher today after the company reported second quarter revenue that topped Wall Street estimates and profit per share that missed. Revenue for the quarter was $157.4 million on a net loss of 11 cents per share, versus Wall Street estimates of $156.4 million on a loss of 10 cents per share.

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From a technical perspective, AVID is skyrocketing here back above its 200-day moving average at $8.55 with monster volume. This move has also pushed AVID above some near-term overhead resistance levels at $8.33 to $9.07.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in AVID once it takes out its next major overhead resistance level at $9.50 with high volume. That $9.50 level is the low from when AVID gapped down big back in April from around $10.50. Look for a sustained move or close above $9.50 with volume that’s near or above 171,184 shares. If that breakout triggers, then this stock is going to have a great chance of tagging $10.50 to $11.74.

At last check, AVID has hit an intraday high of $9.54, and volume is well above its three-month average of 171,184 shares. Keep in mind that you can also buy AVID and anticipate that breakout, as long as the stock holds is trend over the 200-day.

Cryolife

Cryolife (CRY) is a biological medical device company. Cryolife preserves and distributes human tissues for transplantation and develops, manufactures, and commercializes medical devices for cardiac and vascular applications. This stock is trading up 8.4% at $5.78 in recent trading.

Today’s Range: $5.54-$5.94

52-Week Range: $4.00-$6.02

Volume: 144,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 73,797

Shares of CRY are ripping higher today after the company reported earnings per share of 10 cents for the quarter, topping Wall Street estimates of 5 cents per share. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 12.9% on a year-over-year basis.

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From a technical perspective, CRY is soaring higher here with above average volume. This move is quickly pushing the stock within range of triggering a major breakout trade. That trade will hit once CRY takes out some past overhead resistance levels at $6.02 to $6.17 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in CRY as long as it’s trending above $5.45, and then once it sustains a move or close over $6.02 to $6.17 with volume that’s near or above 73,797 shares. If we get that action soon, then CRY will have a great chance of re-testing and possibly taking out its next major overhead resistance levels at $6.79 to $7.45.

NQ Mobile

NQ Mobile (NQ) is a global provider of mobile Internet services focusing on security, privacy and productivity. NQ Mobile is a provider of Freemium subscription services with approximately 172 million registered user accounts in over 150 countries. This stock is trading up 7% to $7.60 in recent trading.

Today’s Range: $7.20-$7.78

52-Week Range: $3.46-$12.70

Volume: 338,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 383,141

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From a technical perspective, NQ is gapping higher here with decent volume. This move is quickly pushing the stock within range of taking out both its 200-day moving average at $7.73 and its 50-day moving average at $7.84.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades once NQ sustains a move or close above both of those levels with volume that’s near or above 383,141 shares. If we get that action soon, then NQ has a chance of trending higher towards its next significant overhead resistance levels at $8.50 to $9.48.

On the flipside, I would simply avoid NQ or look for short-biased trades if it fails to take those key moving averages out soon with high volume.

Uranium Energy

Uranium Energy (UEC) is an exploration-stage company. It is a natural resource exploration company engaged in the exploration of properties in the U.S. This stock is trading up 8.6% at $2.01 in recent trading.

Today’s Range: $1.88-$2.02

52-Week Range: $1.75-$4.44

Volume: 632,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 751,642

From a technical perspective, UEC is moving sharply higher here with decent volume. This move is coming after the stock looks to have formed a double bottom chart pattern at $1.76 to $1.75.

Traders can now look for long-biased trades as long as UEC holds those double bottom price levels, and then once it trades back above its 50-day moving average of $2.07 with high volume. Look for a sustained move or close above $2.07 with volume that’s near or above 751,642 shares. If we get that action today or soon, then UEC will have a great chance of re-testing and possibly taking out some past overhead resistance levels at $2.30 to $2.36.

Emmis Communications

Emmis Communications (EMMS) is a diversified media company, principally focused on radio broadcasting. This stock is trading up 4.6% at $2.25 in recent trading.

Today’s Range: $2.11-$2.37

52-Week Range: $0.58-$2.15

Volume: 398,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 371,747

From a technical perspective, EMMS has started to trigger a breakout trade here with the stock moving above some past overhead resistance levels at $2.14 to $2.18 with above average volume. This move is now quickly pushing EMMS within range of an even bigger breakout trade. That breakout will trigger once EMMS takes out its 2010 high of $2.45 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in EMMS as long as it’s trending above $2.10 with strong upside volume flows. I would consider any upside volume day that registers near or above 371,747 shares as bullish. If EMMS can sustain that trend, then this stock will have a great chance of re-testing and taking out that 2010 high of $2.45. If that level gets taken out soon, then EMMS could easily trade north of $3 in the near future.

To see more stocks under-$10 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 stocks, options, futures, commodities and currencies. He is also an outside contributor to Beconequity.com and maintains the website Maddmoney.net, which he sold to Blue Wave Advisors in 2008. Roberto studied International Business at The Milwaukee School of Engineering, and he spent a year overseas studying business in Lubeck, Germany.