Stock Quotes in this Article: ALXA, AMD, AUO, HIMX, ICA, BXE, TRMR

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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.

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.

Alexza Pharmaceuticals (ALXA)

This is a pharmaceutical company focused on the research, development and commercialization of novel proprietary products for the acute treatment of central nervous system conditions. This stock closed up 6.4% to $5.09 in Tuesday's trading session.

Tuesday's Range: $4.73-$5.10

52-Week Range: $3.78-$6.65

Tuesday's Volume: 712,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 231,402

From a technical perspective, ALXA soared higher here right above its 200-day moving average of $4.63 with strong upside volume. This move is quickly pushing shares of ALXA within range of triggering a major breakout trade. That trade will hit if ALXA manages to take out Tuesday's intraday high at $5.10 and then once it clears some major near-term overhead resistance at $5.52 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in ALXA as long as it's trending above its 200-day at $4.63, and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 231,402 shares. If that breakout hits soon, then ALXA will set up to re-test or possibly take out its 52-week high at $6.65.

Bellatrix Exploration (BXE)

This is an exploration and production company and its assets comprise a portfolio of properties concentrated in key areas of Alberta and Saskatchewan. This stock closed up 7.1% to $7.19 in Tuesday's trading session.

Tuesday's Range: $6.80-$7.21

52-Week Range: $3.52-$7.50

Tuesday's Volume: 216,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 78,403

From a technical perspective, BXE gapped sharply higher here right above its 50-day moving average of $6.63 with strong upside volume. This move also pushed shares of BXE into breakout territory, since the stock took out some near-term overhead resistance at $7. Shares of BXE are quickly moving within range of triggering another big breakout trade. That trade will hit if BXE manages to clear its intraday high at $7.21 and then once it takes out its all-time high at $7.50 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in BXE as long as it's trending above Tuesday's intraday low of $6.80 or above its 50-day at $6.63, and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 78,403 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then BXE will set up to enter new all-time high territory, which is bullish technical price action. Some possible upside targets off that breakout are $9 to $10.

Tremor Video (TRMR)

This company provides video advertising solutions that enable brand advertisers to connect with consumers across multiple internet-connected devices including computers, smartphones, tablets and connected TVs. This stock closed up 5.5% to $8.56 in Tuesday's trading session.

Tuesday's Range: $8.05-$8.72

52-Week Range: $6.25-$11.09

Tuesday's Volume: 239,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 324,067

From a technical perspective, TRMR soared higher here right off some near-term support at $8.01 with decent upside volume. This stock has been uptrending strong for the last few weeks, with shares soaring higher from its low of $6.26 to its intraday high of $8.72. During that move, shares of TRMR have been consistently making higher lows and higher highs, which is bullish technical price action. That move has now pushed shares of TRMR within range of triggering a big breakout trade. That trade will hit if TRMR manages to take out Tuesday's intraday high of $8.72 and then once it clears some major resistance at $8.98 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in TRMR as long as it's trending above some key near-term support at $8.01, and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 324,067 shares. If that breakout hits soon, then TRMR will set up to re-test or possibly take out its all-time high just above $11.

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)

This is a semiconductor company with manufacturing, research and development, and sales and administrative facilities throughout the world. It provides processing solutions for the computing and graphics markets. This stock closed up 4.8% to $3.87 in Tuesday's trading session.

Tuesday's Range: $3.77-$3.87

52-Week Range: $1.81-$4.65

Thursday's Volume: 33.17 million

Three-Month Average Volume: 28.01 million

From a technical perspective, AMD ripped higher here right off its 50-day moving average of $3.80 with heavy upside volume. This stock has been uptrending strong for the last couple of weeks, with shares moving higher from its low of $3.25 to its intraday high of $3.80. That uptrend is occurring after shares of AMD dropped sharply from its July high of $4.65 to that $3.25 low. That low was hit right above AMD's 200-day moving average of $3.14. This recent uptrend could be signaling that the downside volatility for AMD is over at least in the short-term.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in AMD as long as it's trending above some near-term support at $3.60, and then once it sustains a move or close above Tuesday's intraday high of $3.87 with volume that hits near or above 28.01 million shares. If we get that move soon, then AMD will set up to re-fill some of its previous gap down zone from July that started at $4.65.

Empresas ICA S.A.B. de C.V. (ICA)

This is a holding company engaged in a range of construction and related activities, including the construction of infrastructure facilities as well as industrial, urban and housing construction. This stock closed up 3.2% to $8.84 in Tuesday's trading session.

Tuesday's Range: $8.58-$8.86

52-Week Range: $6.14-$13.73

Thursday's Volume: 927,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 641,158

From a technical perspective, ICA jumped higher here right above its 50-day moving average of $8.24 with above-average volume. This move pushed shares of ICA into breakout territory, since the stock took out some near-term overhead resistance at $8.53. Shares of ICA are now starting to trend within range of triggering a big breakout trade. That trade will hit if ICA manages to take out some near-term overhead resistance levels at $9.16 to $9.73 and then once it clears its 200-day at $10.04 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in ICA as long as it's trending above 50-day at $8.24, and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 641,158 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then ICA will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $11 to $12.

Himax Technologies (HIMX)

This company designs, develops and markets semiconductors that are critical components of flat panel displays. Its main products are display drivers for large-sized TFT-LCD panels. This stock closed up 4.4% to $8.47 in Tuesday's trading session.

Tuesday's Range: $8.15-$8.50

52-Week Range: $1.77-$8.75

Thursday's Volume: 8.68 million

Three-Month Average Volume: 8.14 million

From a technical perspective, HIMX trended higher here right off some near-term support at $8 with strong upside volume. This stock has been uptrending strong for the last few weeks, with shares moving higher from its low $5.57 to its recent high of $8.75. During that uptrend, shares of HIMX have been consistently making higher lows and higher highs, which is bullish technical price action. That move has now pushed shares of HIMX within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade. That trade will hit if HIMX manages to take out Tuesday's intraday high of $8.50 to 52-week high at $8.75 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in HIMX as long as it's trending above near-term support at $8 or above more support at $7.50, and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 8.14 million shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then HIMX will set up to enter new 52-week high territory, which is bullish technical price action. Some possible upside targets off that breakout are $10 to $12.

AU Optronics (AUO)

This company designs, develops, manufactures, assemble and markets flat panel displays. Its TFT-LCD panels are used in computer products such as notebook computers and desktop monitors, and consumer electronics products like mobile phones. This stock closed up 1.3% to $3.83 in Tuesday's trading session.

Tuesday's Range: $3.76-$3.84

52-Week Range: $3.27-$4.98

Thursday's Volume: 981,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 1.13 million

From a technical perspective, AUO spiked modestly higher here right above its 50-day moving average of $3.62 with decent upside volume. This stock has been uptrending strong for the last two months and change, with shares moving higher from its low of $3.27 to its recent high of $3.88. During that move, shares of AUO have been consistently making higher lows and higher highs, which is bullish technical price action. That move has now pushed shares of AUO within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade. That trade will hit if AUO manages to take some near-term overhead resistance at $3.88 to its 200-day moving average of $4.10 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in AUO as long as it's trending above its 50-day at $3.62 to more near-term support at $3.51, and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 1.13 million shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then AUO will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $4.63 to its 52-week high at $4.98.

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.