8 Stocks Rising on Monster Volume

Tickers in this article: CPTS CPSI ASGN TRIP PATK WCRX SAIA SWKS
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 .

Conceptus

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Conceptus(CPTS) is engaged in the design, development, marketing and promotion of solutions in women's healthcare. This stock is trading up 9% at $15.16 in recent trading.

Today's Volume: 524,000

Average Volume: 180,667

Volume % Change: 479%

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Shares of CPTS are ripping higher today after the company reported net sales for the first-quarter of 2012 that were $29.0 million, an increase of 9.3% compared with net sales for the first-quarter of 2011 of $26.6 million.

From a technical perspective, CPTS is gapping up sharply here back above its 50-day moving average of $13.99 on heavy volume. This move is quickly pushing CPTS within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade. That trade will hit once CPTS takes out some near-term overhead resistance at $15.25 with high-volume.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades off a move or close over $15.25 with volume that's near or well above 180,667 shares. If we get that action soon, then look for CPTS to clear some past overhead resistance at $15.70 to $15.78 with high-volume. If all those levels are taken out with volume, then target a run back towards its next significant overhead resistance at $17.74. Warner Chilcott

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Warner Chilcott (WCRX) is specialty pharmaceutical company. It is focused on the women's healthcare, gastroenterology, dermatology and urology segments of the branded pharmaceuticals market, primarily in North America. This stock is trading up 8.8% at $18.94 in recent trading.

Today's Volume: 5.9 million

Average Volume: 2.2 million

Volume % Change: 426%

Shares of WCRX are soaring today after the Times of London said that Bayer may see a takeover of the company.

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