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4 Stocks Rising on Big Volume

Tickers in this article: FNP HTHT SHLD WBSN
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.

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.

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Websense (WBSN) is a provider of unified Web, data and email content security solutions that are designed to protect data and users from modern cyber-threats, information leaks, legal liability and productivity loss. This stock is trading up 3.3% at $15.48 in recent trading.

Today's Volume: 534,000

Average Volume: 233,516

Volume % Change: 294%

Shares of WBSN are trending higher today after the company pre-announced fourth-quarter billings that beat its guidance and disclosed a new CEO will lead the firm.

From a technical perspective, WBSN is gapping higher here right off some near-term support at $15 with above-average volume. This move has started to push WBSN into breakout territory, since the stock is flirting with some near-term overhead resistance at $15.59 to $16.13. At last check, WBSN has hit an intraday high of $15.88 and volume is well above its three-month average action of 233,516 shares.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in WBSN as long as it's trending above 15.59 to $16.13 with strong upside volume flows. I would consider any upside volume day that registers near or above its three-month average action of 233,516 shares as bullish. If WBSN can maintain that trend, then this stock will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at its 200-day of $16.59 to $16.93. Any high-volume move above $16.93 will then put $18 to $19.25 into focus for shares of WBSN. Sears Holdings

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Sears Holdings (SHLD) is an integrated retailer with over 3,900 full-line and specialty retail stores in the U.S. and Canada. This stock is trading up 7.6% at $44.09 in recent trading.