Stock Quotes in this Article: HEES, ISRG, LOOP, SBUX, TIBX, WYNN, SAVE, FRAN

WINDERMERE, Fla. (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. Many times when above average volume moves into equity it precedes a large spike in volatility.

Major moves in volume can signal unusual activity, such as insider buying or selling -- or buying or selling by “superinvestors.”

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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.

With that in mind, let's take a look at several stocks rising on unusual volume today.

 

LoopNet

LoopNet (LOOP) owns and operates an online marketplace for commercial real estate. This stock is trading up 2.8% at $19.09 in recent trading.

Today’s Volume: 2.4 million

Average Volume: 302,716

Volume % Change: 1,524%

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From a technical perspective, LOOP is gapping up today on monster volume, and it’s breaking out above some past overhead resistance at $18.95.

Traders should now use today’s high and low prices to determine the next manor trend for LOOP. As long as LOOP is trending above $18.95 with strong upside volume flows, then traders should look for long-biased trades.

Look for short-biased traders if LOOP trades back below $19 with heavy volume.

Francesca’s

Francesca’s (FRAN) operates a national chain of retail boutiques designed and merchandised. This stock is trading up 5% at $29.14 in recent trading.

Today’s Volume: 2.9 million

Average Volume: 524,803

Volume % Change: 1352%

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Shares of FRAN are ripping higher today after the company announced the pricing of a follow-on offering and wavier of lock-up restrictions; prices 9 million shares at $27.60.

From a technical perspective, FRAN is bouncing solidly right near its 50-day moving average of $27.02 today with heavy volume. This move is quickly pushing FRAN within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade. That trade will hit once FRAN takes out some near-term overhead resistance at $30.50 with volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades once FRAN sustains a move or close over $30.50 with volume that’s near or above 524,803 shares. If we get that action soon, look for FRAN to make a run at its recent highs of $32.92 to $33.93.

Tibco Software

Tibco Software (TIBX) is a provider of middleware and infrastructure software. This stock is trading up 2.5% at $33.99 in recent trading.

Today’s Volume: 10 million

Average Volume: 2.6 million

Volume % Change: 764%

Shares of TIBX are moving modestly higher today after the company announced the offering of $525 of its 2.25% convertible senior notes due 2032 to qualified institutional buyers.

From a technical perspective, TIBX has started to print a new 52-week high today on monster volume. This move has also pushed the stock into breakout territory since shares have moved above some near-term overhead resistance at $33.

Traders should now continue to look for long biased trades as long as TIBX is trending above $33 with strong upside volume flows.

Tibco shows up on a recent list of 15 Apple-Like Stocks That Could Bear Similar Fruit.

Wynn Resorts

Wynn Resorts (WYNN) is a developer, owner and operator of destination casino resorts. The stock is trading up 4.9% at $130.89 in recent trading.

Today’s Volume: 2.7 million

Average Volume: 2.5 million

Volume % Change: 123%

Shares of WYNN are soaring today after the Macau Business reported that the Macau government may sign the land grant contract for Wynn’s projected Cotai property within this month.

From a technical perspective, WYNN is gapping up strong today on above-average volume. This move is pushing WYNN within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade. That trade will hit once WYNN takes out some near-term overhead resistance at $131.20 to $132.59 with high-volume.

Traders should now look for long biased trades once WYNN sustains a move or close over those levels on volume that’s near or above 2.5 million shares. If we get that action soon, look for WYNN to re-test its next significant overhead resistance level at $135.25.

Wynn was also featured recently in "5 Sinful Stocks to Buy for 2012 Gains."

Intuitive Surgical

Intuitive Surgical (ISRG) designs, manufactures and markets da Vinci Surgical Systems and related instruments and accessories. This stock is trading up 8.4% at $591.53 in recent trading.

Today’s Volume: 682,000

Average Volume: 325,613

Volume % Change: 481%

Shares of ISRG are soaring today after the company reported that revenue for the first quarter was $495 million, up 28% compared to $388 million for the first quarter of 2011, driven by its da Vinci system sales.

From a technical perspective, ISRG is ripping to the upside today on heavy volume. This move has pushed the stock into all-time high territory, which means that just about everyone who has bought the stock is making money.

If ISRG can manage to close near its daily highs today, then traders should continue to look for long biased trades in the short-term. Look for continued momentum buying and short covering if ISRG can finish the day near its highs.

I also featured Intuitive Surgical earlier this week in "5 Stocks Set to Soar on Bullish Earnings."

H&E Equipment Services

H&E Equipment Services (HEES) is an integrated equipment services companies in the U.S. focused on heavy construction and industrial equipment. This stock is trading up 7% at $19.25 in recent trading.

Today’s Volume: 291,000

Average Volume: 258,117

Volume % Change: 111%

From a technical perspective, HEES has started to move back above its 50-day moving average today of $18.98 with above average volume. This move has also triggered a near-term breakout trade since HESS has moved above some overhead resistance at $18.55.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades if HEES can manage to close back above its 50-day moving average today. If we get that action, look for HESS to make a run at its recent highs of $20.10 to $21 in the near future. I would then consider any high-volume move over $21 as a major breakout for HEES. Look for volume on that move that’s near or above 258,117 shares.

H&E shows up on a list of 11 Rental-Industry Stocks Riding a Rebound.

Starbucks

Starbucks (SBUX) is a roaster, marketer and retailer of specialty coffee in the world, operating in more than 50 countries. This stock is trading up 2.5% at $60.17 in recent trading.

Today’s Volume: 5.2 million

Average Volume: 6.8 million

Volume % Change: 62%

Shares of SBUX are moving modestly higher today after Reuters reported that company officials responsible for China’s growth are now in China instead of in its Seattle headquarters. Starbucks plans to expand its operations in China, despite pricing issues and tepid customers.

From a technical perspective, SBUX is bouncing right above some near-term support at $58.18 today on decent volume. This move is quickly pushing the stock within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade. That trade will hit once SBUX takes out some near-term overhead resistance at $62 with high-volume.

Traders should now look for long biased trades if SBUX can sustain a move or close over $62 with volume that’s near or above 6.8 million shares. If we get that action soon, look for SBUX to make a run at $65 or higher in the near future.

Starbucks, one of SAC Capital's holdings, was also featured earlier this month in "5 Rocket Stocks Worth Buying in April."

Spirit Airlines

Spirit Airlines (SAVE) is an airline company that provides services principally throughout the domestic U.S., the Caribbean and Latin America. This stock is trading up 2.6% at $23.19 in recent trading.

Today’s Volume: 535,000

Average Volume: 784,430

Volume % Change: 74%

From a technical perspective, SAVE is rising modestly higher today on decent volume. This move has now pushed SAVE into all-time-high territory. This means that just about everyone who has bought the stock is making money, and anyone who has bet against it losing money.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades if SAVE can manage to close near its daily highs. If we get that action, look for continued momentum buying in the near-term that could take the stock to $25 or higher.

To see more stocks rising on unusual volume, check out the Stocks Rising On Unusual Volume 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.