Stock Quotes in this Article: CGEN, VRML, YMI, SWSH, PACB

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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 upgrade.

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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.

Compugen

Compugen (CGEN) engages in drug and diagnostic product candidate discovery and commercialization of such candidates largely through early stage licensing and development agreements. This stock is trading up 9.6% to $3.88 in recent trading.

Today’s Range: $3.43-$3.93

52-Week Range: $3.32-$6.47

Volume: 171,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 120,819

From a technical perspective, CGEN is skyrocketing here on above average volume. This move is coming off of extremely oversold conditions, since its relative strength index reading has been trending under 30 for the past couple of weeks.

 

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Traders should now look for long-biased trades in CGEN if this stock can manage to close near or above its daily high today. At last check, CGEN has a hit an intraday high of $3.93. If we get that action, then look for CGEN to continue its uptrend and possibly hit its 200-day moving average of $4.79 in the near future.

Keep in mind that CGEN will also trigger a near-term breakout trade above $3.91. Look for a sustained move or close above $3.91 that comes with volume that’s near or above 120,819 shares.

Pacific Biosciences of California

Pacific Biosciences of California (PACB) is engaged in the design, development and commercialization of innovative tools for biological research. This stock is trading up 5.2% to $2.42 in recent trading.

Today’s Range: $2.31-$2.62

52-Week Range: $2.04-$12.38

Volume: 215,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 268,832

From a technical perspective, PACB is moving modestly higher here on decent volume. This move is quickly pushing PACB within range of triggering a major near-term breakout trade. That trade will hit once PACB takes out some resistance at $2.69 and then its 50-day moving average of $2.93 with high-volume.

Traders should look for long-biased trades off a sustained move or close above those levels with volume that’s near or above 268,832 shares. If we get that action soon, then look for PACB to trend higher back towards its 200-day moving average of $3.74 or possibly above $4.

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Craft Brew Alliance

Craft Brew Alliance (BREW) is an independent brewing company whose present operations reflect the merger of Pacific Northwest craft brewers, Widmer Brothers Brewing Company and Redhook Ale Brewery. This stock is trading up 3.5% to $8.08 in recent trading.

Today’s Range: $7.81-$8.39

52-Week Range: $5.08-$10.17

Volume: 50,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 37,916

From a technical perspective, BREW is ripping higher here on slightly above-average volume. This move has pushed the stock into breakout territory, since BREW has taken out some near-term overhead resistance at $7.98.

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Traders should continue to look for long-biased trades as long as BREW is trending above $7.98, and today’s high of $8.36 with strong upside volume flows. I would consider any upside volume day that registers near or above 37,916 shares as bullish. If we continue to see BREW sustain that trend, then this stock could be well on its way back towards its 2011 high of $10.17 or possibly much higher.

On the flipside, I would avoid BREW if it fails to hold that breakout, or if it trends back below its 50-day moving average of $7.35 with heavy volume.

YM BioSciences

YM BioSciences (YMI) is a biopharmaceutical company engaged in the development of products for the treatment of cancer or cancer-related conditions. This stock is trading up 4.5% at $2.06 in recent trading.

Today’s Range: $1.95-$2.15

52-Week Range: $1.03-$3.78

Volume: 733,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 1.1 million

From a technical perspective, YMI is moving notably higher here on decent volume. This move is quickly pushing YMI within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade. That trade will hit once YMI takes out some near-term overhead resistance at $2.22 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades if YMI sustains a move or close over $2.22 with volume that’s near or above 1.1 million shares. If we get that action, I would then look to add to any long positions in YMI once it takes out more resistance at $2.50 with volume. If YMI can clear all of those overhead resistance levels, then this stock could easily re-test its next significant overhead resistance levels at $3 to $3.75.

Horizon Pharma

Horizon Pharma (HZNP) is a biopharmaceutical company that is developing and commercializing innovative medicines to target unmet therapeutic needs in arthritis, pain and inflammatory diseases. This stock is trading up 3.6% at $3.94 in recent trading.

Today’s Range: $3.78-$4.05

52-Week Range: $3.05-$9.34

Volume: 255,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 221,690

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From a technical perspective, HZNP is ripping through its 50-day moving average of $3.84 here with above average volume. This move is quickly pushing HZNP within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade. That trade will hit once HZNP takes out some near-term overhead resistance at $4.30 to $4.50 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades as long as HZNP is trending above its 50-day at $3.84, and once it takes out $4.30 to $4.50 with volume that’s near or above 221,690 shares. If we get that action, then look for HZNP to tag its 200-day moving average of $5.35 very quickly and possibly trend toward $6.

Swisher Hygiene

Swisher Hygiene (SWSH) provides hygiene solutions to customers throughout much of North America and internationally.This stock is trading up 14.9% at $1.99 in recent trading.

Today’s Range: $1.69-$2.24

52-Week Range: $1.51-$6.77

Volume: 507,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 718,824

From a technical perspective, SWSH has triggered a near-term breakout trade here, since it has taken out $1.83 with decent volume. At last check, SWSH has traded up to its 50-day moving average of $2.26 today, and then pulled back to its current price of around $2.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades once SWSH takes out its 50-day moving average of $2.26 with high-volume. Look for a sustained move or close above $2.26 with volume that’s near or above 718,824 shares. If we get that action, look to add to any long positions once SWSH takes out some more overhead resistance at $2.40 to $2.70 with volume. If all of those levels get taken out soon, then look for SWSH to trend higher toward $3.20 to its 200-day moving average of $3.50.

Vermillion

Vermillion (VRML) is engaged in the discovery, development and commercialization of diagnostic tests that help physicians diagnose, treat and improve outcomes for patients. This stock is trading up 21% at $2.23 in recent trading.

Today’s Range: $1.80-$2.38

52-Week Range: $0.97-$5.69

Volume: 1.9 million

Three-Month Average Volume: 703,252

From a technical perspective, VRML has skyrocketed here back above its 200-day moving average at $1.89 and its 50-day moving average of $1.91 with monster volume. This move is quickly pushing VRML within range of triggering an even bigger breakout trade. That trade will hit once VRML takes out some near-term overhead resistance at $2.37 to $2.46 with high volume. At last check, VRML has hit an intraday high of $2.38 and volume is well above is three-month average action.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades if VRML can sustain a move or close above $2.37 to $2.46 with volume that’s well above 703,252 shares. If we get that action soon, look for VRML to re-test its March high of $3.02 or possibly tend much higher.

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.