Stock Quotes in this Article: BTE, DELL, DXCM, EXLP, SHLD, TWI, ZBRA, SODA

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. Often when above-average volume moves into an equity, it precedes a large spike in volatility.

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

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.

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

Beytex Energy (BTE)

This company's operations and expertise are currently focused on oil and gas production and development in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin and the U.S. This stock is trading up 1.8% at $44.99 in recent trading.

Today's Volume: 332,000

Average Volume: 164,552

Volume % Change: 325%

From a technical perspective, BTE is trending up here right below both its 50-day at $45.92 and its 200-day at $46.12 with above-average volume. This move is quickly pushing BTE within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade. That trade will hit once BTE clears some near-term overhead resistance at $45.97 and once it takes out its 200-day at $46.12 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in BTE as long as it's trending above some near-term support at $44, and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 164,552 shares. If that breakout hits soon, then BTE will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $48.72 to $48.79. Any high-volume move above those levels will then put $51 into focus for shares of BTE.

Exterran Partners L.P. (EXLP)

This company is engaged in the natural gas compression and a provider of services and equipment for oil & gas production, processing, treating, transportation and storage. This stock is trading up 3.7% at $22.58 in recent trading.

Today's Volume: 162,000

Average Volume: 91,987

Volume % Change: 239%

From a technical perspective, EXLP is gapping higher here back above its 50-day moving average of $21.90 with above-average volume. This move has also pushed EXLP into breakout territory, since the stock has cleared some near-term overhead resistance at $22.44. Shares of EXLP are now moving within range of triggering another major breakout trade. That trade will hit once EXLP manages to take out some near-term overhead resistance at $22.96 to $23.06 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in EXLP as long as it's trending above its 50-day at $21.90, and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 91,987 shares. If that breakout hits soon, then EXLP will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $23.35 to $24.

Titan International (TWI)

This company is engaged in the manufacturing of wheels and tires. This stock is trading up 5.3% at $21.41 in recent trading.

Today's Volume: 1.13 million

Average Volume: 754,575

Volume % Change: 174%

Shares of TWI are ripping higher here after the company's CEO said that fiscal 2013 revenue will be in the range of $2.4 billion to $2.7 billion, EBITDA of $340 million to $400 million. Analysts expect the company to report revenues of $2.73 billion for fiscal 2013.

From a technical perspective, TWI is trending higher here right above some near-term support at $20 with heavy upside volume. This move is quickly pushing TWI within range of triggering a major breakout trade. That trade will hit once TWI manages to take out some near-term overhead resistance at $22.16 to $22.54 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in TWI as long as it's trending above its 50-day at $19.17, and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 754,575 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then TWI will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $24 to $25.53. Any high-volume move above $25.53 will then put $27 to $30 into focus for shares of TWI.

DexCom (DXCM)

This company designs, develops and commercializes continuous glucose monitoring systems for ambulatory use by people with diabetes and for use by healthcare providers in the hospital for the treatment of both diabetic and non-diabetic patients. This stock is trading up 3.7% at $13.57 in recent trading.

Today's Volume: 533,000

Average Volume: 431,198

Volume % Change: 135%

From a technical perspective, DXCM is ripping higher here right below its 50-day moving average of $13.56 with above-average volume. This stock recently formed a double bottom at around $12.03 to $12.05 and right above its 200-day at $12.01. This move today is quickly pushing DXCM within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade. That trade will hit once DXCM manages to take out its 50-day at $13.56 and then it clears some near-term overhead resistance at $14.29 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in DXCM as long as it's trending above its 50-day at $13.56, and then once it sustains a move or close above $14.29 with volume that hits near or above 431,198 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then DXCM will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $15 to $15.48. Any move above $15.48 will then put $15.77 to $16.91 into focus for shares of DXCM.

Dell (DELL)

This company offers a range of technology solutions, including servers and networking products, storage products, services, software and peripherals, mobility products, and desktop PCs. This stock is trading up 5.3% at $10.16 in recent trading.

Today's Volume: 37.15 million

Average Volume: 21.16 million

Volume % Change: 208%

Shares of DELL are soaring higher today after a Goldman Sachs analyst raised his rating and price target on the stock. The analyst said that there may be too much skepticism over the personal computing segment. The analyst raised his rating on DELL to buy from sell and increased its price target to $13 from $9.

From a technical perspective, DELL is gapping sharply higher here right off its 50-day moving average of $9.58 with monster upside volume. This stock has been downtrending badly for the last three months, with shares sliding lower from a high of $12.67 to its recent low of $8.69. During that move, shares of DELL were consistently making lower highs and lower lows, which is bearish technical price action. That said, shares of DELL are now moving back above its 50-day and pushing within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade. That trade will hit once DELL manages to take out some near-term overhead resistance at $10.75 with high volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in DELL as long as it's trending near or above its 50-day at $9.58, and then once it sustains a move or close above $10.75 with volume that hits near or above 21.16 million shares. If DELL can trigger that breakout soon, then this stock will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $11.50 to $11.75. Any high-volume move above $11.75 will then put $12.67 into focus for shares of DELL.

SodaStream International (SODA)

This company is engaged in developing, manufacturing and marketing home beverage carbonation systems and related products. This stock is trading up 1.8% at $40.63 in recent trading.

Today's Volume: 794,000

Average Volume: 722,236

Volume % Change: 98%

From a technical perspective, SODA is trending higher here with above-average volume. This move is quickly pushing SODA within range of triggering a major breakout trade. That trade will hit once SODA manages to clear some near-term overhead resistance at $41.63 with high volume. At last check, SODA has hit an intraday high of $41.44 and volume is just starting to surpass its three-month average action of 722,236 shares.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in SODA once it manages to sustain a move or close above $41.63 with volume that hits near or above 722,236 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then SODA will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance level at $44.50. Any high-volume move above $44.50 will then put $48.13 into focus for shares of SODA.

Sears Holdings (SHLD)

This company is an integrated retailer with over 3,900 full-line and specialty retail stores in the United States and Canada. This stock is trading up 1.7% at $42.50 in recent trading.

Today's Volume: 1.51 million

Average Volume: 1.16 million

Volume % Change: 157%

From a technical perspective, SHLD is bouncing higher here off of oversold levels with above-average volume. This stock has been crushed by the bears during the last month, with shares plunging from a high of $68.77 to a recent low of $41.15. That move has pushed SHLD into extremely oversold territory, since its current relative strength index (RSI) reading is 25.98. Oversold can always get more oversold, but it's also an area where a stock can make a powerful bounce higher from.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in SHLD as long as it's trending above today's low of $41.15 with strong upside volume flows. I would consider any upside volume day that registers near or above 1.16 million shares as bullish. If SHLD can maintain that trend, then this stock could possibly bounce back towards its next significant overhead resistance levels at $47.50 to $50. Any high-volume move above $50 would then put its 200-day at $53.06 into focus for shares of SHLD.

Zebra Technologies (ZBRA)

This company designs, manufactures and sells specialty printing devices that print variable information on demand at the point of issuance. This stock is trading up 2% at $39.74 in recent trading.

Today's Volume: 198,000

Average Volume: 182,389

Volume % Change: 83%

From a technical perspective, ZBRA is bouncing higher here right above some near-term support at $38.50 with above-average volume. This move has also started to push ZBRA into major breakout territory, since the stock has challenged some past overhead resistance at $39.76. At last check, ZBRA has hit an intraday high of $39.86 and volume is just starting to surpass its three-month average action of 182,389 shares.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in ZBRA as long as it's trending above $38.50, and then once it sustains a move or close above $39.12 to $39.86 with volume that hits near or above 182,389 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then ZBRA will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $41.88 to $43.

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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 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.