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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
$911.99
-0.8%
22.79 million28.49 million$20.78 billionStock Split
Invesco QQQ Trust stock logo
QQQ
Invesco QQQ Trust
$328.49
-1.1%
47.44 million74.14 million$15.58 billion
Apple Inc. stock logo
AAPL
Apple
$174.55
+0.9%
78.02 million89.40 million$13.62 billionAnalyst Upgrade
NVIDIA Co. stock logo
NVDA
NVIDIA
$183.35
-2.9%
44.42 million54.66 million$8.15 billionUpcoming Earnings
Amazon.com, Inc. stock logo
AMZN
Amazon.com
$142.10
-1.9%
47.91 million78.93 million$6.81 billionInsider Selling
Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. stock logo
AMD
Advanced Micro Devices
$98.27
-1.9%
63.53 million100.89 million$6.24 billion
Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. stock logo
BBBY
Bed Bath & Beyond
$23.08
+11.8%
249.23 million15.84 million$5.75 billionAnalyst Downgrade
Options Volume
News Coverage
Gap Up
Microsoft Co. stock logo
MSFT
Microsoft
$291.32
-0.3%
18.22 million32.95 million$5.31 billionOptions Volume
ProShares UltraPro QQQ stock logo
TQQQ
ProShares UltraPro QQQ
$37.30
-3.5%
130.32 million144.11 million$4.86 billionGap Down
ProShares UltraPro Short QQQ stock logo
SQQQ
ProShares UltraPro Short QQQ
$34.88
+3.5%
126.02 million103.91 million$4.40 billionPositive News
Gap Up
Meta Platforms, Inc. stock logo
META
Meta Platforms
$174.85
-2.6%
20.04 million33.39 million$3.50 billionInsider Selling
Meta Platforms, Inc. stock logo
META
Meta Platforms
$174.85
-2.6%
20.04 million33.39 million$3.50 billionInsider Selling
Alphabet Inc. stock logo
GOOGL
Alphabet
$119.55
-1.8%
22.75 million37.49 million$2.72 billion
Target Co. stock logo
TGT
Target
$175.34
-2.7%
13.38 million4.99 million$2.35 billionEarnings Report
Gap Down
Alphabet Inc. stock logo
GOOG
Alphabet
$120.32
-1.8%
17.54 million30.36 million$2.11 billion
Walmart Inc. stock logo
WMT
Walmart
$139.52
+0.1%
13.88 million8.93 million$1.94 billionEarnings Report
Analyst Report
Lowe's Companies, Inc. stock logo
LOW
Lowe's Companies
$215.37
+0.6%
8.08 million4.01 million$1.74 billionEarnings Report
Analyst Report
News Coverage
Sea Limited stock logo
SE
SEA
$72.49
-6.4%
21.87 million8.27 million$1.59 billionEarnings Report
Analyst Report
News Coverage
Gap Down
iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF stock logo
TLT
iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF
$114.72
-1.0%
13.52 million20.66 million$1.55 billionPositive News
Netflix, Inc. stock logo
NFLX
Netflix
$241.15
-1.8%
5.61 million10.95 million$1.35 billion
Alibaba Group Holding Limited stock logo
BABA
Alibaba Group
$89.77
-3.1%
14.39 million29.01 million$1.29 billion
AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. stock logo
AMC
AMC Entertainment
$21.36
-13.9%
58.41 million48.90 million$1.25 billionStock Split
Exxon Mobil Co. stock logo
XOM
Exxon Mobil
$92.20
+0.8%
13.46 million29.22 million$1.24 billion
Johnson & Johnson stock logo
JNJ
Johnson & Johnson
$167.58
+0.0%
7.39 million7.53 million$1.24 billionShort Interest ↓
Block, Inc. stock logo
SQ
Block
$80.33
-6.5%
15.20 million18.99 million$1.22 billionGap Down
Cisco Systems, Inc. stock logo
CSCO
Cisco Systems
$46.66
-0.2%
26.09 million22.37 million$1.22 billionEarnings Report
News Coverage
Texas Instruments Incorporated stock logo
TXN
Texas Instruments
$176.71
-3.6%
6.86 million6.01 million$1.21 billion
The Walt Disney Company stock logo
DIS
Walt Disney
$122.81
-1.7%
9.09 million12.72 million$1.12 billionAnalyst Revision
Shopify Inc. stock logo
SHOP
Shopify
$37.30
-5.8%
28.73 million35.51 million$1.07 billionGap Down
Chevron Co. stock logo
CVX
Chevron
$157.70
+0.8%
6.70 million13.18 million$1.06 billionAnalyst Report
Insider Selling
Options Volume
PayPal Holdings, Inc. stock logo
PYPL
PayPal
$99.42
-2.6%
10.61 million18.83 million$1.05 billionAnalyst Upgrade
Snowflake Inc. stock logo
SNOW
Snowflake
$161.29
-3.6%
6.54 million6.52 million$1.05 billionUpcoming Earnings
Analyst Report
Visa Inc. stock logo
V
Visa
$214.52
-1.2%
4.89 million7.90 million$1.05 billionAnalyst Downgrade
Analog Devices, Inc. stock logo
ADI
Analog Devices
$170.13
-5.0%
6.15 million3.68 million$1.05 billionEarnings Report
Dividend Announcement
Insider Selling
News Coverage
Gap Down
The Boeing Company stock logo
BA
Boeing
$167.20
-2.8%
6.25 million9.94 million$1.05 billion
Intel Co. stock logo
INTC
Intel
$35.78
-1.1%
28.95 million38.41 million$1.04 billion
The Home Depot, Inc. stock logo
HD
Home Depot
$325.76
-0.5%
3.16 million4.50 million$1.03 billionEarnings Report
Analyst Report
Broadcom Inc. stock logo
AVGO
Broadcom
$538.59
-2.4%
1.90 million2.38 million$1.02 billionShort Interest ↑
Costco Wholesale Co. stock logo
COST
Costco Wholesale
$556.32
+0.6%
1.82 million2.66 million$1.01 billion
JPMorgan Chase & Co. stock logo
JPM
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
$122.59
-0.8%
8.06 million14.88 million$988.07 millionShort Interest ↓
Bank of America Co. stock logo
BAC
Bank of America
$36.41
-0.6%
26.32 million50.30 million$958.32 million
Occidental Petroleum Co. stock logo
OXY
Occidental Petroleum
$62.97
-0.9%
14.81 million28.97 million$932.77 million
Roblox Co. stock logo
RBLX
Roblox
$46.10
-3.5%
20.16 million27.88 million$929.20 millionAnalyst Report
Insider Selling
Analyst Revision
Coinbase Global, Inc. stock logo
COIN
Coinbase Global
$85.44
-5.5%
10.62 million10.48 million$907.00 millionAnalyst Report
Insider Buying
Short Interest ↓
Gap Down
Ford Motor stock logo
F
Ford Motor
$16.03
-2.4%
56.58 million79.64 million$906.91 millionShort Interest ↓
Micron Technology, Inc. stock logo
MU
Micron Technology
$61.62
-3.5%
14.65 million20.39 million$902.60 million
Cassava Sciences, Inc. stock logo
SAVA
Cassava Sciences
$25.72
+27.3%
34.97 million1.88 million$899.34 millionInsider Buying
Options Volume
Analyst Revision
News Coverage
Gap Up
The TJX Companies, Inc. stock logo
TJX
TJX Companies
$68.54
+2.8%
12.72 million7.00 million$872.16 millionEarnings Report
Analyst Revision
News Coverage
Eli Lilly and Company stock logo
LLY
Eli Lilly and
$316.82
+2.1%
2.75 million2.90 million$870.18 millionInsider Buying
Mastercard Incorporated stock logo
MA
Mastercard
$355.33
-1.1%
2.44 million3.81 million$865.70 millionAnalyst Downgrade
Insider Selling
Moderna, Inc. stock logo
MRNA
Moderna
$158.00
-5.9%
5.39 million6.72 million$851.90 millionInsider Selling
Roku, Inc. stock logo
ROKU
Roku
$78.42
-6.8%
10.80 million8.39 million$846.95 millionGap Down
iShares Short Treasury Bond ETF stock logo
SHV
iShares Short Treasury Bond ETF
$110.05
7.65 million3.72 million$842.06 millionPositive News
Snap Inc. stock logo
SNAP
Snap
$12.09
-4.1%
69.00 million44.65 million$834.18 millionInsider Selling
Gap Down
MercadoLibre, Inc. stock logo
MELI
MercadoLibre
$997.90
-5.3%
834,073679,524$832.32 millionGap Down
Adobe Inc. stock logo
ADBE
Adobe
$437.82
-2.2%
1.89 million3.36 million$826.73 millionAnalyst Downgrade
UnitedHealth Group Incorporated stock logo
UNH
UnitedHealth Group
$545.00
-0.2%
1.47 million3.27 million$800.80 millionDividend Announcement
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited stock logo
TSM
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing
$89.20
-0.8%
8.83 million12.52 million$787.74 million
VanEck Semiconductor ETF stock logo
SMH
VanEck Semiconductor ETF
$238.47
-2.1%
3.28 million6.59 million$782.93 millionPositive News
QUALCOMM Incorporated stock logo
QCOM
QUALCOMM
$148.53
-1.0%
5.17 million10.36 million$767.46 million
Uber Technologies, Inc. stock logo
UBER
Uber Technologies
$30.72
-5.1%
23.91 million33.50 million$734.50 millionGap Down
Comcast Co. stock logo
CMCSA
Comcast
$39.26
-2.7%
18.42 million23.31 million$723.12 millionAnalyst Downgrade
The Procter & Gamble Company stock logo
PG
Procter & Gamble
$149.24
-0.5%
4.83 million7.78 million$720.49 millionAnalyst Upgrade
Insider Selling
Options Volume
Citigroup Inc. stock logo
C
Citigroup
$53.76
-0.8%
13.27 million24.99 million$713.58 million
3M stock logo
MMM
3M
$147.43
-1.9%
4.83 million3.26 million$711.38 millionDividend Announcement
Analyst Report
Lam Research Co. stock logo
LRCX
Lam Research
$497.56
-2.5%
1.40 million1.45 million$697.07 millionAnalyst Upgrade
iShares J.P. Morgan USD Emerging Markets Bond ETF stock logo
EMB
iShares J.P. Morgan USD Emerging Markets Bond ETF
$88.24
-1.1%
7.78 million7.37 million$686.30 million
The Charles Schwab Co. stock logo
SCHW
Charles Schwab
$75.46
-2.2%
9.04 million8.57 million$681.91 millionInsider Selling
Intuit Inc. stock logo
INTU
Intuit
$478.30
-2.0%
1.42 million1.85 million$680.06 millionUpcoming Earnings
Analyst Report
Gap Down
Pfizer Inc. stock logo
PFE
Pfizer
$49.27
-1.2%
13.48 million26.96 million$664.14 million
iShares 7-10 Year Treasury Bond ETF stock logo
IEF
iShares 7-10 Year Treasury Bond ETF
$103.17
-0.7%
6.37 million9.08 million$656.85 millionShort Interest ↑
News Coverage
Positive News
Plug Power Inc. stock logo
PLUG
Plug Power
$28.47
-2.5%
22.98 million22.12 million$654.30 millionAnalyst Report
Analyst Revision
Gap Down
Avalara, Inc. stock logo
AVLR
Avalara
$91.85
-0.2%
6.97 million1.61 million$640.35 millionAnalyst Report
Enphase Energy, Inc. stock logo
ENPH
Enphase Energy
$293.13
+0.1%
2.17 million3.16 million$637.08 millionShort Interest ↑
Analyst Revision
Danaher Co. stock logo
DHR
Danaher
$297.27
-1.1%
2.12 million2.71 million$630.65 millionAnalyst Report
Insider Selling
Deere & Company stock logo
DE
Deere & Company
$364.69
-1.4%
1.70 million1.91 million$620.74 millionUpcoming Earnings
Short Interest ↑
Wells Fargo & Company stock logo
WFC
Wells Fargo & Company
$46.14
+0.2%
13.02 million26.73 million$600.68 million
NIKE, Inc. stock logo
NKE
NIKE
$117.04
-0.9%
5.07 million7.13 million$593.86 million
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. stock logo
TMO
Thermo Fisher Scientific
$596.04
-1.0%
986,7111.49 million$588.12 millionInsider Selling
Salesforce, Inc. stock logo
CRM
Salesforce
$187.96
-0.9%
3.13 million7.19 million$587.50 millionUpcoming Earnings
Analyst Report
Insider Selling
Merck & Co., Inc. stock logo
MRK
Merck & Co., Inc.
$91.04
+0.5%
6.44 million11.61 million$586.18 million
Agilent Technologies, Inc. stock logo
A
Agilent Technologies
$142.29
+7.2%
4.11 million1.90 million$584.46 millionEarnings Report
Analyst Report
Short Interest ↓
News Coverage
Gap Up
Activision Blizzard, Inc. stock logo
ATVI
Activision Blizzard
$80.53
-0.5%
7.24 million8.13 million$583.05 million
Applied Materials, Inc. stock logo
AMAT
Applied Materials
$106.00
-2.3%
5.49 million8.06 million$581.65 millionAnalyst Upgrade
ON Semiconductor Corp stock logo
ON
ON Semiconductor
$68.29
-3.4%
8.43 million7.94 million$575.76 millionAnalyst Report
Insider Selling
Gap Down
DoorDash, Inc. stock logo
DASH
DoorDash
$68.18
-7.3%
8.43 million6.02 million$574.80 millionGap Down
Carnival Co. & plc stock logo
CCL
Carnival Co. &
$10.56
-5.6%
52.65 million44.57 million$556.03 million
Synopsys, Inc. stock logo
SNPS
Synopsys
$381.00
-1.2%
1.46 million966,928$555.57 millionEarnings Report
Analyst Report
Palo Alto Networks, Inc. stock logo
PANW
Palo Alto Networks
$514.51
-1.9%
1.08 million1.62 million$555.13 millionUpcoming Earnings
Analyst Report
ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd. stock logo
ZIM
ZIM Integrated Shipping Services
$47.84
-6.0%
11.51 million4.66 million$550.56 millionNews Coverage
Gap Down
Eargo, Inc. stock logo
EAR
Eargo
$3.13
+55.0%
175.41 million4.59 million$549.03 millionShort Interest ↑
News Coverage
Gap Up
The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. stock logo
GS
The Goldman Sachs Group
$353.74
-0.3%
1.55 million2.89 million$546.68 millionInsider Selling
Booking Holdings Inc. stock logo
BKNG
Booking
$2,129.65
-1.0%
256,065439,556$545.33 millionAnalyst Report
Insider Selling
Analyst Revision
ConocoPhillips stock logo
COP
ConocoPhillips
$101.36
+1.3%
5.34 million8.35 million$540.98 millionEx-Dividend
Analyst Downgrade
Analyst Revision
The Coca-Cola Company stock logo
KO
Coca-Cola
$64.88
-0.2%
8.14 million17.66 million$528.12 million
Airbnb, Inc. stock logo
ABNB
Airbnb
$121.87
-1.9%
4.32 million6.78 million$525.89 millionInsider Selling
Gap Down
Vanguard Intermediate-Term Corporate Bond Index Fund stock logo
VCIT
Vanguard Intermediate-Term Corporate Bond Index Fund
$81.78
-0.8%
6.43 million6.47 million$525.79 millionPositive News
Nio Inc - stock logo
NIO
NIO
$20.08
-4.0%
25.98 million63.60 million$521.58 million
The Progressive Co. stock logo
PGR
Progressive
$127.06
+3.7%
4.10 million2.88 million$520.93 million
Devon Energy Co. stock logo
DVN
Devon Energy
$64.14
+0.9%
8.06 million12.74 million$517.01 millionAnalyst Report
Short Interest ↓
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.

What is the Difference Between Dollar Volume and Share Volume?

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. 

What Causes a Stock to be Most Active?

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.

What Are the Characteristics 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.

Some Final Thoughts on Trading the Most Active Stocks

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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