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Stocks With Price and Volume Surges

Stocks with sudden price increases (surges) & stocks with sudden volume increases (surges), stocks starting new trends, breakouts through overhead resistance, selling climaxes, reversal patterns, and "watch list" candidates.

For information on pre-surge setups and the scans available for them, go to Pre-Surge Setups.

Also, see Focus on Setups to Reduce Risk.

     Here, we look for stocks with a price and a simultaneous volume surge.  Why monitor price-volume surges?  Consider the following.  When traders believe their indicators suggest a stock is about to break through a line of resistance some will act in anticipation of the event (buying pressure will increase).  Other traders will buy when they notice, even before the breakout, the increase in volume on price increases and diminishing volume on price declines.  When a stock actually breaks to the upside through resistance, other traders will notice and buy, causing the price and volume to surge. These conditions often precede the beginning of a significant price move.  It is only logical that if a company has just developed an exciting  new cure, product, or service, people will hear about it and act accordingly.  The price of its stock will surge and its trading volume will increase (the stock price will pick up momentum).  

High-powered professional traders have systems that flash an "alert" or "signal" when a stock has an unusual price and volume surge.  When they note it, they will buy and the price/volume surge will be magnified.  Whenever a stock starts a new trend, it draws attention.  Traders like to buy at the beginning of a trend.  Therefore, when the price spikes up and the volume surges, momentum for the new trend builds.  When a stock has been declining and the last holdouts give up, their selling will cause the stock to decline even more as the volume surges.  Traders will notice the stock's behavior and buy the "bargain."  Volume will increase even more as the price reverses direction.  In this scenario, the stock has just had a selling climax and a price reversal.  More traders will then notice that the stock's chart shows there has been a "selling climax" and begin to accumulate. Others add the stock to their "watch list" so they can buy as soon as the new trend takes on more definition. 

Often, the surges highlighted on an alert list will not be particularly attractive to a trader because the stock's pattern will be compromised by nearby overhead resistance.  However, the alerts sometimes present an opportunity to get in at the beginning of a nice move.  A stock's closing price relative to the day's price action and overall price pattern, and its volume at the close (and the percentage change in volume for the day) are important when the stock has had a price surge, gap or spike.  These lists are presented so that you can evaluate the situation for yourself. 

Subscribers get a list of up to 90 stocks that have had both a volume and a price surge at the same time.  The free list provided below is taken from the bottom portion of the subscriber list.   

Individual Stock Alerts (Price Surges)

The free lists of surging stocks provided here focus on 1-day surges and are found by scanning a database of more than 8000 stocks.  These stocks have all experienced some unusual action.  A daily review of the charts of stocks listed here can enable you to observe setup configurations evolving, and maybe also enable you to uncover stocks that have recently started out on new trends, stocks breaking out of a consolidation pattern, or stocks that have had unusual market activity for some other reason.  We suggest reviewing the charts of these stocks to see if they are of sufficient interest to warrant purchase or inclusion on your "watch list."  One reason for including a stock on your watch list is so you can monitor it while waiting for a good entry point.  For example, you might wait for a pullback to a rising trendline.  You might also wait for some sign that the trendline is holding or that the stock is responding to it in a positive way.  Waiting for such a pullback can also help you optimize your stop-loss placement.  The buy price is then only slightly above support.  Therefore, when the stop loss is placed a little below the expected support (the trendline), any decline that triggers the stop will be a meaningful decline because support could not stop the decline, but the decline that triggers the sell order will also be relatively small (and so will any loss if the unexpected happens).

The free list posted here consists of up to 20 stocks that have surged in price by at least 2%.  They have also had a simultaneous volume surge of at least 50%.   For example, if there are more than 100 stocks that have surged in price 2% or more and that also have had a volume surge of 70% or more, then we  provide subscribers with a list of the top 90 stocks in order of volume surge magnitude.  The bottom 20 stocks on that list are provided below.  Remember that, in general, the greater the price and volume surge, the higher the probability of a subsequent move.  Therefore, the stocks most likely to have a significant move tend to be higher on the subscriber list.  Even so, stocks included in the top 90 that have had both a volume and a price surge and taken from a database of over 8,000 stocks, should be work investigating.  The minimum volume surge percent used in our screening is reported at the top of the table so you can do your own screening. 

A price increase of 1% combined with a 50% volume decrease may not be particularly noteworthy (but it could be).  However, a price increase of 2% combined with a 50% increase in volume will definitely generate some interest. The numbers reported are percent changes for price and volume respectively. For example, a reading of 23 in the "Vol % Ch" column would mean that volume surged 23%. Short-sellers will be interested in stocks with large negative surges on heavy volume.

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 Stocks Surging in Price and Volume
Symbols ending with ".O are on the Nasdaq, those ending with ".K" are on the
NYSE. Otherwise, 4-letter symbols are Nasdaq and 3-letter symbols are NYSE.

The columns show the closing price, % change in price, volume (Volume), and the 1-day percentage
change in volume (Vol % Ch) respectively.
The final column is the 12-day momentum (12d Mom).
The minimum volume surge used is at the top of the table.  If the list that subscribers get is short, there may not be any stocks listed below becuse the stocks below come from the bottom of the list subscribers get.  This can happen if the market has just declined. 


Price & Volume Surge Table

Ranked by Price Change.  Scanner Result Using a Minimum Volume Surge Requirement of 50% 
This List Good Thru 01/30/2015
Sym Name Close % Ch Av. $/Day Vol % 12d Mom
TXMD.K THERAPEUTICSMD 4.28 3.13 $3,830,009 111 105
RDUS.O RADIUS HEALTH 38.65 3.04 $15,813,842 552 96
MCF CONTANGO OIL AND GAS 28.85 3.04 $6,322,043 76 107
ARES.K ARES MANAGEMENT 18.75 3.02 $1,688,223 279 113
HXL HEXCEL 44.26 3.00 $25,580,983 122 110
CWEI.K CLAYTON WILLIAMS ENERGY 56.57 2.97 $10,994,510 59 101
MATW.O MATTHEWS INTERNATIONAL CL A 47.19 2.95 $5,964,923 50 101
ALDW.K ALON USA PARTNERS COM 13.31 2.94 $3,764,680 59 97
PAYC.K PAYCOM SOFTWARE 27.04 2.89 $6,367,746 68 110
ATK ALLIANT TECHSYSTEMS 131.84 2.82 $39,444,810 115 116
RSTI.O ROFIN SINAR TECHNOLOGIES 27.50 2.80 $4,739,999 111 101
ASPX.O AUSPEX PHARMACEUTICALS 58.46 2.74 $22,928,160 93 115
GSVC.O GSV CAPITAL 9.48 2.71 $1,293,866 60 106
VMEM.K VIOLIN MEMORY 4.31 2.62 $3,040,153 127 94
EPZM.O EPIZYME 20.10 2.60 $6,768,081 96 107
USAC.K USA COMPRESSION PARTNERS COM 18.43 2.50 $2,628,534 99 109
OREX.O OREXIGEN THERAPEUTICS 5.41 2.46 $16,634,138 84 91
TEVA.K TEVA PHARMA IND ADR REP 1 59.88 2.38 $233,774,529 75 109
VIVO.O MERIDIAN BIOSCIENCE 17.75 2.36 $5,836,341 90 107
FENG.K PHOENIX NEW MEDIA ADR REP 8 CL A 8.50 2.29 $2,295,912 118 106


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