Stock Quotes in this Article: BWS, GLUU, GTIV, HOV, HUSA, IDIX, STRI

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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.

Glu Mobile

Glu Mobile (GLUU) designs, markets and sells mobile games. This stock is trading up 13% to $4.79 in recent trading.

Today’s Range: $4.23-$4.82

52-Week Range: $1.80-$6.10

Volume: 4.5 million

Three-Month Average Volume: 2.5 million

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From a technical perspective, GLUU is ripping higher here back above its 50-day moving average of $4.38 on monster volume. This move is quickly pushing the stock within range of triggering a major breakout trade. That trade will hit once GLUU takes out some near-term overhead resistance at $5 to $5.18 with volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades off a sustained move or close above $5 to $5.18 that comes on volume near or above 2,543,000 shares. If we get that action soon, then look for GLUU to re-test its 2011 high of $6.10 at the minimum.

Houston American Energy

Houston American Energy (HUSA) is an oil and gas exploration and production company. This stock is trading up 7.4% to $1.65 in recent trading.

Today’s Range: $1.56-$1.81

52-Week Range: $1.50-$20.90

Volume: 672,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 930,423

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From a technical perspective, HUSA finding buying interest here right off some major near-term support at $1.50 to $1.55. Those support levels have held up for HUSA over the past month.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in HUSA if it can manage to trigger a near-term breakout trade. That trade will hit once some near-term overhead resistance at $1.87 is taken out with volume. Look for a sustained move or close above that level on volume that’s near or above 930,423 shares. If we get that action soon, then this stock has tremendous upside towards $3.

Idenix Pharmaceuticals

Idenix Pharmaceuticals (IDIX) is a biopharmaceutical company engaged in the discovery and development of drugs for the treatment of human viral diseases with operations in the U.S. and Europe. This stock is trading up 4% at $8.69 in recent trading.

Today’s Range: $8.36-$8.78

52-Week Range: $4.03-$15.25

Volume: 773,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 1.6 million

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From a technical perspective, IDIX is spiking notably higher here as the stock moves within range of a near-term breakout trade. That trade will hit once IDIX takes out some near-term overhead resistance at $9.25 to $9.30 with volume.

Traders should look for long-biased trades if IDIX can sustain a move or close above those levels with volume that’s near or above 1,609,720 shares. If we get that action soon, then IDIX can easily trend back towards its next significant overhead resistance levels at $10.42 to $11.92.

Keep in mind that in order for IDIX to hit those targets, then this stock has to maintain a trend above its 50-day at $9.30 with strong upside volume flows.

STR Holdings

STR Holdings (STRI) and its subsidiaries provide encapsulants for the photovoltaic module industry. This stock is trading up 9.3% at $4.32 in recent trading.

Today’s Range: $3.98-$4.35

52-Week Range: $3.56-$16.79

Volume: 309,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 468,265

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From a technical perspective, STRI is bouncing here right near some previous support at $3.95 with decent volume. This move is pushing the stock within range of taking out its 50-day moving average of $4.61.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades if STRI can manage to close back above its 50-day with volume. Look for volume on that close that’s near or above 468,265 shares. If we get that action soon, I would then add to any long positions once STRI takes out some major overhead resistance at $5.14 with volume.

Gentiva Health Services

Gentiva Health Services (GTIV) provides home health services and hospice care throughout the U.S. This stock is trading up 10% at $7.01 in recent trading.

Today’s Range: $6.78-$7.28

52-Week Range: $2.81-$25.50

Volume: 198,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 455,690

Shares of GTIV are ripping higher today after Robert W. Baird upgraded the stock to neutral from underperforming, citing the home health provider’s efforts to cut costs.

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From a technical perspective, GTIV is gapping up here back above its 200-day moving average of $6.03 on very light volume.

Traders should now only consider long-biased trades if GTIV can mange to close near its daily highs with volume. At last check, GTIV has hit a high today of $7.28 but volume is currently well below its three-month average action of 455,690 shares. An even better move might be to wait for GTIV to close above its 50-day moving average of $8.01 with high-volume.

This stock should be avoided completely if it moves below today’s low of $6.78 with heavy volume.

Brown Shoe Company

Brown Shoe Company (BWS) operates in the footwear industry. Brown’s activities include the operation of retail shoe stores and e-commerce Websites, as well as the sourcing and marketing of footwear for women, men and children. This stock is trading up 3.5% at $8.90 in recent trading.

Today’s Range: $8.57-$9.00

52-Week Range: $5.85-$11.53

Volume: 162,272

Three-Month Average Volume: 420,732

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From a technical perspective, BWS is bouncing strong here right off its 200-day moving average of $8.64 with light volume. This move is also pushing BWS within range of its 50-day moving average of $9.12.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades if BWS can manage to sustain a trend above its 50-day with strong upside volume flows. I would consider any upside volume day that registers near or above 420,732 shares as bullish. If we get that action, then look for BWS to trigger an even bigger breakout trade above $9.50 to $9.80. If those levels are taken out with volume, then BWS could hit re-test its February high of $11.21 in the near future.

Hovnanian Enterprises

Hovnanian Enterprises (HOV) designs, constructs, markets, and sells single-family detached homes, attached townhomes and condominiums, mid-rise condominiums, urban infill and active adult homes in planned residential developments. This stock is trading up 9% to $1.94 in recent trading.

Today’s Range: $1.78-$1.92

52-Week Range: $0.89-$3.31

Volume: 1.97 million

Three-Month Average Volume: 3.7 million

From a technical perspective, HOV is ripping higher here back above its 200-day moving average of $1.87 with light volume. This move is pushing the stock within range of major breakout trade. That trade will hit once HOV takes out some near-term overhead resistance at $2.09 and then its 50-day moving average of $2.25 with volume.

Trades should look for long-biased trades off a sustained move or close above those levels with volume that’s near or above 3,743,470 shares. If we get that action soon, then HOV could re-test is March high of $3.03. Keep in mind that HOV will need to maintain a trend above its 50-day with strong upside volume flows in order to hit $3.03.

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.