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GOOGL   122.14 (-0.29%)
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TSLA   234.86 (+4.58%)
NVDA   385.10 (+2.76%)
NIO   7.79 (+0.39%)
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MU   65.32 (-2.59%)
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NVDA   385.10 (+2.76%)
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MU   65.32 (-2.59%)
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NVDA   385.10 (+2.76%)
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Most Active Stocks by Dollar Volume

Most active stocks, also known as volume leaders, are public companies with the highest volume of shares traded or the highest dollar volume of shares traded during the most recent trading day. A stock may experience above-average trading volume when important new information that impacts its valuation is made known to the public. This creates pressure among investors to either buy or sell the company's shares, leading to heavier trading volume and strong price momentum in the stock. How to trade the most active stocks.

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CompanyCurrent PriceVolumeAverage VolumeDollar VolumeIndicator(s)
Tesla, Inc. stock logo
TSLA
Tesla
$234.86
+4.6%
153.21 million155.71 million$35.98 billionAnalyst Report
Insider Selling
Invesco QQQ stock logo
QQQ
Invesco QQQ
$353.15
+1.2%
46.82 million55.53 million$16.53 billion
NVIDIA Co. stock logo
NVDA
NVIDIA
$385.10
+2.8%
41.56 million48.70 million$16.01 billionInsider Selling
Apple Inc. stock logo
AAPL
Apple
$180.57
+1.5%
50.08 million63.72 million$9.04 billionAnalyst Report
Options Volume
Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. stock logo
AMD
Advanced Micro Devices
$121.05
+2.7%
65.15 million63.63 million$7.89 billionAnalyst Report
Insider Selling
Amazon.com, Inc. stock logo
AMZN
Amazon.com
$124.25
+2.5%
61.98 million66.62 million$7.70 billionAnalyst Report
Insider Selling
Microsoft Co. stock logo
MSFT
Microsoft
$325.26
+0.6%
22.82 million30.64 million$7.42 billionInsider Selling
Meta Platforms, Inc. stock logo
META
Meta Platforms
$264.58
+0.4%
20.77 million28.23 million$5.50 billionAnalyst Report
Analyst Revision
Carvana Co. stock logo
CVNA
Carvana
$24.23
+56.0%
174.53 million24.24 million$4.23 billionNews Coverage
Gap Up
Alphabet Inc. stock logo
GOOGL
Alphabet
$122.14
-0.3%
28.94 million37.69 million$3.54 billionAnalyst Report
ProShares UltraPro QQQ stock logo
TQQQ
ProShares UltraPro QQQ
$36.18
+3.4%
93.59 million155.43 million$3.39 billion
Berkshire Hathaway Inc. stock logo
BRK.A
Berkshire Hathaway
$512,514.16
+0.1%
5,8685,007$3.01 billion
Alphabet Inc. stock logo
GOOG
Alphabet
$122.67
-0.2%
24.31 million29.66 million$2.98 billionInsider Selling
Adobe Inc. stock logo
ADBE
Adobe
$439.03
+5.0%
6.06 million3.12 million$2.66 billionUpcoming Earnings
Analyst Report
News Coverage
iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF stock logo
TLT
iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF
$102.06
+1.2%
23.83 million21.31 million$2.43 billionOptions Volume
Netflix, Inc. stock logo
NFLX
Netflix
$409.37
+2.4%
5.92 million7.38 million$2.42 billionAnalyst Report
ProShares UltraPro Short QQQ stock logo
SQQQ
ProShares UltraPro Short QQQ
$22.05
-3.5%
105.53 million130.54 million$2.33 billionNews Coverage
iShares ESG MSCI USA Leaders ETF stock logo
SUSL
iShares ESG MSCI USA Leaders ETF
$74.53
+0.6%
28.47 million300,562$2.12 billionDividend Announcement
News Coverage
Positive News
The Boeing Company stock logo
BA
Boeing
$218.11
+2.9%
9.35 million5.90 million$2.04 billionAnalyst Revision
Broadcom Inc. stock logo
AVGO
Broadcom
$804.20
+1.5%
2.17 million2.48 million$1.75 billionEarnings Report
Dividend Announcement
Analyst Report
Palantir Technologies Inc. stock logo
PLTR
Palantir Technologies
$15.19
+3.4%
114.91 million53.89 million$1.75 billionAnalyst Report
Insider Selling
Options Volume
Micron Technology, Inc. stock logo
MU
Micron Technology
$65.32
-2.6%
25.66 million16.68 million$1.68 billionAnalyst Report
Exxon Mobil Co. stock logo
XOM
Exxon Mobil
$108.19
-0.3%
13.50 million16.14 million$1.46 billionAnalyst Revision
Visa Inc. stock logo
V
Visa
$223.05
-1.0%
6.25 million6.20 million$1.39 billion
UnitedHealth Group Incorporated stock logo
UNH
UnitedHealth Group
$490.23
+1.7%
2.73 million3.34 million$1.34 billionDividend Increase
Analyst Upgrade
Bank of America Co. stock logo
BAC
Bank of America
$29.23
-0.8%
41.42 million53.71 million$1.21 billion
GE HealthCare Technologies Inc. stock logo
GEHC
GE HealthCare Technologies
$77.75
-3.4%
15.03 million3.06 million$1.17 billionOptions Volume
News Coverage
Gap Down
Salesforce, Inc. stock logo
CRM
Salesforce
$209.53
+1.8%
5.54 million7.81 million$1.16 billionInsider Selling
Analyst Revision
Chevron Co. stock logo
CVX
Chevron
$159.24
-0.4%
7.14 million8.23 million$1.14 billion
T-Mobile US, Inc. stock logo
TMUS
T-Mobile US
$130.32
+3.0%
8.69 million5.97 million$1.13 billionAnalyst Report
Options Volume
Analyst Revision
The Home Depot, Inc. stock logo
HD
Home Depot
$301.09
-0.2%
3.74 million4.08 million$1.13 billionAnalyst Report
Intel Co. stock logo
INTC
Intel
$31.82
+1.7%
35.12 million44.64 million$1.12 billion
Palo Alto Networks, Inc. stock logo
PANW
Palo Alto Networks
$222.82
+3.0%
5.01 million4.48 million$1.12 billionAnalyst Report
Insider Selling
Snowflake Inc. stock logo
SNOW
Snowflake
$174.31
+3.1%
5.82 million5.91 million$1.01 billion
Oracle Co. stock logo
ORCL
Oracle
$107.48
+2.1%
9.40 million7.38 million$1.01 billionUpcoming Earnings
Analyst Report
JPMorgan Chase & Co. stock logo
JPM
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
$140.73
+0.0%
7.15 million12.62 million$1.01 billionAnalyst Revision
Alibaba Group Holding Limited stock logo
BABA
Alibaba Group
$86.14
+1.0%
11.24 million23.02 million$968.10 million
Mastercard Incorporated stock logo
MA
Mastercard
$367.59
-1.0%
2.59 million2.83 million$953.69 millionOptions Volume
Walmart Inc. stock logo
WMT
Walmart
$152.17
+1.4%
6.15 million6.23 million$935.40 millionAnalyst Report
Insider Selling
NIKE, Inc. stock logo
NKE
NIKE
$106.20
-0.8%
8.80 million6.43 million$934.68 millionInsider Selling
The Coca-Cola Company stock logo
KO
Coca-Cola
$60.37
+0.2%
15.39 million13.36 million$929.12 millionAnalyst Report
Berkshire Hathaway Inc. stock logo
BRK.B
Berkshire Hathaway
$335.95
+0.2%
2.76 million3.55 million$926.82 million
Johnson & Johnson stock logo
JNJ
Johnson & Johnson
$160.26
+1.1%
5.75 million7.60 million$921.25 million
Merck & Co., Inc. stock logo
MRK
Merck & Co., Inc.
$110.32
+1.6%
8.21 million7.85 million$905.53 million
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited stock logo
TSM
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing
$99.94
-0.3%
9.05 million12.67 million$904.39 million
Super Micro Computer, Inc. stock logo
SMCI
Super Micro Computer
$254.35
+6.1%
3.52 million1.87 million$894.32 millionAnalyst Report
Insider Selling
Options Volume
Eli Lilly and Company stock logo
LLY
Eli Lilly and
$445.66
+2.1%
2.00 million3.14 million$889.81 million
Ford Motor stock logo
F
Ford Motor
$13.58
-0.1%
63.88 million65.57 million$867.51 millionAnalyst Upgrade
PayPal Holdings, Inc. stock logo
PYPL
PayPal
$64.24
+0.3%
13.44 million14.51 million$863.42 millionAnalyst Report
The Walt Disney Company stock logo
DIS
Walt Disney
$92.53
+0.0%
9.01 million11.44 million$833.41 millionAnalyst Report
Options Volume
Caterpillar Inc. stock logo
CAT
Caterpillar
$234.45
-0.5%
3.55 million3.32 million$831.18 millionOptions Volume
McDonald's Co. stock logo
MCD
McDonald's
$285.78
+1.4%
2.89 million2.66 million$827.31 million
Mobileye Global Inc. stock logo
MBLY
Mobileye Global
$41.78
-4.0%
19.55 million2.72 million$816.71 millionAnalyst Report
News Coverage
Gap Down
Uber Technologies, Inc. stock logo
UBER
Uber Technologies
$40.26
+3.3%
20.12 million24.34 million$809.85 millionAnalyst Report
Analyst Revision
Target Co. stock logo
TGT
Target
$131.27
-0.4%
6.15 million3.83 million$807.70 millionAnalyst Revision
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. stock logo
TMO
Thermo Fisher Scientific
$515.25
-1.1%
1.55 million1.48 million$799.52 million
Costco Wholesale Co. stock logo
COST
Costco Wholesale
$520.09
+1.7%
1.53 million1.93 million$795.47 millionAnalyst Revision
VanEck Semiconductor ETF stock logo
SMH
VanEck Semiconductor ETF
$146.17
+1.2%
5.37 million7.65 million$785.04 million
Shopify Inc. stock logo
SHOP
Shopify
$59.28
-0.5%
13.20 million18.37 million$782.75 millionAnalyst Upgrade
Options Volume
ServiceNow, Inc. stock logo
NOW
ServiceNow
$535.34
+1.3%
1.46 million1.68 million$780.05 millionInsider Selling
Affirm Holdings, Inc. stock logo
AFRM
Affirm
$18.85
+16.4%
41.03 million17.60 million$773.45 millionOptions Volume
DocuSign, Inc. stock logo
DOCU
DocuSign
$58.48
+2.2%
12.96 million3.88 million$757.94 millionAnalyst Report
News Coverage
Roku, Inc. stock logo
ROKU
Roku
$69.10
+1.6%
10.95 million8.06 million$756.64 millionInsider Selling
Options Volume
C3.ai, Inc. stock logo
AI
C3.ai
$36.22
-0.5%
20.77 million23.96 million$752.26 million
NextEra Energy, Inc. stock logo
NEE
NextEra Energy
$74.90
+1.0%
9.98 million8.14 million$747.59 millionAnalyst Report
PepsiCo, Inc. stock logo
PEP
PepsiCo
$182.10
+1.1%
4.04 million4.57 million$734.95 million
Marvell Technology, Inc. stock logo
MRVL
Marvell Technology
$59.72
+0.7%
12.17 million13.66 million$726.81 millionInsider Selling
Wells Fargo & Company stock logo
WFC
Wells Fargo & Company
$42.37
+0.7%
17.15 million23.29 million$726.71 millionAnalyst Downgrade
The Procter & Gamble Company stock logo
PG
Procter & Gamble
$146.44
+1.1%
4.77 million6.47 million$698.08 million
Coinbase Global, Inc. stock logo
COIN
Coinbase Global
$54.90
+3.1%
12.69 million17.83 million$696.66 millionInsider Selling
News Coverage
Gilead Sciences, Inc. stock logo
GILD
Gilead Sciences
$78.40
+3.0%
8.86 million5.86 million$694.65 million
AutoZone, Inc. stock logo
AZO
AutoZone
$2,360.61
+2.3%
290,570162,423$685.92 millionAnalyst Revision
Intuit Inc. stock logo
INTU
Intuit
$423.36
+0.2%
1.61 million1.72 million$682.53 million
QUALCOMM Incorporated stock logo
QCOM
QUALCOMM
$116.35
+1.0%
5.79 million7.86 million$673.74 millionAnalyst Revision
Starbucks Co. stock logo
SBUX
Starbucks
$99.15
+1.3%
6.77 million6.23 million$671.26 million
Pfizer Inc. stock logo
PFE
Pfizer
$39.09
+0.5%
16.95 million24.03 million$662.40 million
Cisco Systems, Inc. stock logo
CSCO
Cisco Systems
$49.68
-0.2%
13.27 million18.70 million$659.25 millionAnalyst Downgrade
Occidental Petroleum Co. stock logo
OXY
Occidental Petroleum
$59.71
-0.5%
11.00 million12.58 million$656.95 millionAnalyst Report
Options Volume
The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. stock logo
GS
The Goldman Sachs Group
$335.47
-0.1%
1.95 million2.62 million$653.11 million
AbbVie Inc. stock logo
ABBV
AbbVie
$137.64
+0.8%
4.71 million5.96 million$648.84 million
The Charles Schwab Co. stock logo
SCHW
Charles Schwab
$55.03
-1.1%
11.46 million20.67 million$630.42 millionAnalyst Report
United Parcel Service, Inc. stock logo
UPS
United Parcel Service
$171.48
0.0%
3.68 million3.16 million$630.28 millionAnalyst Report
News Coverage
Booking Holdings Inc. stock logo
BKNG
Booking
$2,647.46
+0.1%
237,756324,980$629.45 millionAnalyst Report
Analyst Revision
Verizon Communications Inc. stock logo
VZ
Verizon Communications
$35.43
+0.5%
17.66 million20.38 million$625.87 millionDividend Announcement
Analyst Report
Applied Materials, Inc. stock logo
AMAT
Applied Materials
$136.20
+0.9%
4.51 million6.27 million$613.79 millionDividend Announcement
Analyst Revision
MongoDB, Inc. stock logo
MDB
MongoDB
$374.67
+1.7%
1.63 million1.79 million$611.27 millionEarnings Report
Analyst Report
Insider Selling
Warner Bros. Discovery, Inc. stock logo
WBD
Warner Bros. Discovery
$14.02
+6.9%
43.17 million20.36 million$605.23 millionOptions Volume
EOG Resources, Inc. stock logo
EOG
EOG Resources
$116.15
-0.1%
5.20 million3.64 million$603.84 millionInsider Selling
Analyst Revision
Morgan Stanley stock logo
MS
Morgan Stanley
$86.31
-0.2%
6.77 million7.49 million$583.91 millionOptions Volume
Delta Air Lines, Inc. stock logo
DAL
Delta Air Lines
$39.11
+2.3%
14.88 million10.30 million$581.87 million
Citigroup Inc. stock logo
C
Citigroup
$48.10
+0.2%
12.05 million18.19 million$579.72 millionAnalyst Report
Accenture plc stock logo
ACN
Accenture
$307.33
-1.2%
1.87 million2.47 million$574.80 millionAnalyst Revision
Texas Instruments Incorporated stock logo
TXN
Texas Instruments
$172.23
+0.1%
3.33 million5.14 million$574.23 millionAnalyst Upgrade
Eaton Co. plc stock logo
ETN
Eaton
$187.82
-0.4%
3.05 million2.02 million$572.07 millionAnalyst Report
Insider Selling
Valero Energy Co. stock logo
VLO
Valero Energy
$112.44
-1.0%
5.08 million4.39 million$570.65 million
iShares 7-10 Year Treasury Bond ETF stock logo
IEF
iShares 7-10 Year Treasury Bond ETF
$97.29
+0.7%
5.84 million8.86 million$568.36 millionPositive News
Vanguard Intermediate-Term Corporate Bond ETF stock logo
VCIT
Vanguard Intermediate-Term Corporate Bond ETF
$78.82
+0.6%
7.19 million5.96 million$566.62 million
Block, Inc. stock logo
SQ
Block
$65.09
-1.7%
8.62 million14.03 million$561.11 millionAnalyst Report
International Business Machines Co. stock logo
IBM
International Business Machines
$134.41
+0.0%
4.12 million4.83 million$553.56 millionAnalyst Revision
Lam Research Co. stock logo
LRCX
Lam Research
$614.54
+0.6%
899,0291.32 million$552.49 million
Most Active Stocks: Dollar Volume vs Share Volume

Volume is essential when identifying stocks that offer profitable trading opportunities

The list of most-active stocks identifies the companies that trade the most shares or trade the highest dollar volume of shares over one trading day. Investors can find a list of the most active stocks every day for every major stock exchange (New York Stock Exchange, NASDAQ, AMEX, etc.).

A stock may experience above-average trading volume when important new information affecting the stock's valuation becomes public knowledge. This creates pressure among investors to either buy or sell the stock, leading to heavier trading volume and strong price momentum in the stock.

In this article we’ll define what the most active stocks mean and why a stock may make the most active list. We’ll also go over a list of strategies that traders can use to narrow down the most active list to identify their best trading opportunities.

Most active stocks fit into one of two categories. Dollar volume means the total value of the shares trading over a period of time. To calculate dollar volume multiply a stock’s trading volume by its price. For example, if Company ABC has a total trading volume of 100,000 shares and is trading for $20 a share, the dollar volume is 2,000,000 (100,000 x 20). Institutional investors use dollar volume to determine if a stock has enough liquidity to execute large block trades.

On the other hand, individual investors, particularly day traders will pay more attention to stocks with the highest average daily trading volume (ADTV). This is the total number of shares that are selling or trading over a period of time, typically a trading session. As part of their technical analysis, ADTV helps traders determine when to enter (buy) or exit (sell) a position they have in a security. These investors are typically looking to buy and sell a security, often times in the same day. For that reason, they use average daily trading volume to select securities. 

In many cases, a stock becomes most active because there has been a significant change in stock price. Such a change is usually due to some newsworthy event. A positive earnings report can generate interest in the stock causing the price to rise. Conversely, a negative earnings report can put selling pressure on the stock, causing the price to decline. This increased trading volume can stay in place for a while as other investors jump in for fear of missing out (FOMO).

However, some stocks are consistently on the most active list simply because they are popular companies. Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) and Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) are good examples of stocks that are consistently among the most active stocks regardless of what is happening with the stock. In 2021, the meme stock movement saw many meme stocks such as GameStop (NYSE: GME) and AMC Entertainment (NYSE: AMC) make the list of most active stocks.

An active stock is a stock that is generating a lot of trading activity throughout a given trading day. The reasons why these stocks are active are the same as the reason why a stock makes the most active list (i.e. there is usually some news about the company that is generating interest in the stock). Many of the most active stocks share some common traits:

  • They trade a large number of outstanding shares. Outstanding shares are the number of shares of stock that a company has issued and can be bought and sold by public and institutional investors. These are sometimes referred to as shares in float and are different from the number of authorized shares a company may issue.
  • They have a high amount of liquidity. Liquidity in the form of active stocks simply means there is high demand for a stock. If a stock is experiencing a high trading volume, it is usually a signal that there is high demand that makes it easier to buy and sell.

At different times, an asset class may go through periods where they exhibit more or less liquidity. For example, if a trader is attempting to trade stocks in after-hours trading, they may find a lack of buyers. And most traders know that volume tends to peak at the beginning and the end of a trading day.

How to Trade the Most Active Stocks

The list of most active stocks can be a useful guide for investors. In fact, it is sometimes called a road map for day traders. But with so many options to choose from, how can traders know which stocks to choose? Here are some trading strategies that any investor can apply.

  1. Assign a minimum and maximum percentage move (expressed in +/- terms) in price level and look for stocks that fit that range – All of the most active stocks are volatile. But it’s possible to have too much or too little volatility. The reason to choose a minimum percentage move is to ensure that the stocks you choose have enough price movement to get the return a trader needs.

    Conversely, the reason to assign a maximum value is to avoid having a stock that the stock can have too much movement which could trigger any trailing stops an investor has in place which can add risk.
  2. Assign an appropriate volume – Just because a stock is active does not mean it trades with enough volume to allow traders to easily move in and out of trades. For example if a stock is up 10% but does not trade a high volume of shares.

    Most traders want to see volume that is measured in tens of thousands of shares in a specified time period (like five minutes). Once you find a stock whose price has moved up or down within the range you specify, make sure it is trading at a high enough volume to let you easily enter and exit a trade.
  3. Focus on one index – Once you have assigned your percentage range and volume, look at the major indices and focus your attention on the index that has the most stocks that meet those criteria. Most trading platforms will break down the most active stocks by one of the major indices (NYSE, NASDAQ, or AMEX).
  4. Pay attention to the stocks that are most active in the pre-market trading period – This can allow you to monitor technical indicators such as support and resistance levels for stocks that meet your criteria.
  5. Pay less attention to the after-hours most active list – After hours trading can be very volatile, but news that breaks immediately after the market closes does not always continue in the same direction once pre-market trading begins the following day.
  6. Know how to interpret the most active by dollar volume list – This list largely exists for the institutional investors and large hedge funds that are making block trades with large sums of money. While it may help keep you abreast of larger trends in particular sectors. In general, investors who are trading the most active list are looking for individual stocks that are trading actively on their own merits.

Active traders have many strategies for executing successful trades. One of the common sorting metrics they use is to find stocks that have high volume (liquidity) and show a particular percentage price movement. When a stock is trading at exceptionally high volume, it is considered to be one of the “most active” stocks.

Institutional investors tend to prefer finding the most active stocks by dollar volume. This is because they are determining if a stock has enough liquidity to execute large block trades On the other hand, retail investors tend to look for most active stocks by share volume. This is because they need to find the stocks with the highest liquidity so they can enter and exit trades at a favorable price.

Every day, investors can get a list of the most active stocks for a given exchange (NYSE, NASDAQ, AMEX, etc.). This list can be quite extensive so many traders use different strategies to help filter the list to identify stocks that meet their specific trading criteria.

 


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