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7 Stocks Ripping Higher With Big Volume

Tickers in this article: STX ROSG AFCE UMBF ROLL STRA NWSA
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 .

AFC Enterprises

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AFC Enterprises (AFCE) develops, operates, and franchises quick-service restaurants under the trade names Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits and Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen. This stock is trading up 5.2% at $22.78 in recent trading.

Today's Volume: 193,000

Average Volume: 93,375

Volume % Change: 230%

From a technical perspective, AFCE is ripping higher here with above-average volume. This move has pushed AFCE into breakout territory, since the stock has moved above some near-term overhead resistance at $22.59.

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Traders should continue to look for long-biased trades as long as AFCE is trending above $22 to $22.59 with strong upside volume flows. I would consider any upside volume day that registers near or above 93,375 shares as bullish. If we continue to see that action, then AFCE should trade north of $25 in the near future.

On the flipside, any high-volume move below some near-term support at $20.36 to $20.21, and then below its 50-day moving average at $19.21 would have me looking for short-biased trades. News Corp.

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News Corp. (NWSA) is a diversified global media company. This stock is trading up 6.1% at $21.33 in recent trading.

Today's Volume: 38.6 million

Average Volume: 16.2 million

Volume % Change: 308%

Shares of NWSA are ripping higher today after the company confirmed multiple reports that it's considering a restricting to separate its business into two distinct publicly traded companies, splitting its publishing assets from its entertainment businesses.

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From a technical perspective , is gapping up strong here with monster volume. This move has pushed the stock into breakout territory , since it has taken out some major past overhead resistance at around $20.40 to $20.70.