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Stocks with Unusual Volume

Volume mover stocks are companies with the most shares traded during the current trading day relative to their average trading trading volume. A stock may experience above-average trading volume when important new information affecting the stock's valuation is made known to the public. This creates pressure among investors to either buy or sell the stock, leading to heavier trading volume and strong price momentum in the stock. Explanation of average daily trade volume.

Market Cap:
CompanyVolume GrowthVolumeAverage VolumeDollar VolumeCurrent PricePrice ChangeIndicator(s)
NXPGF
National Express Group
+24,900.0%2,50010$5,350.00$2.14+3.3%Analyst Upgrade
Increase in Short Interest
Heavy News Reporting
AMFPF
A.P. Moller - Marsk A/S
+9,900.0%150$347.25$23.15flatUpcoming Earnings
BIOFRONTERA AG/ADR logo
BFRA
BIOFRONTERA AG/ADR
+2,583.8%2.19 million81,590$66.79 million$30.50+33.4%High Trading Volume
Increase in Short Interest
Heavy News Reporting
PCCW logo
PCCWY
PCCW
+2,429.0%38,4411,520$243,715.94$6.34+1.4%Increase in Short Interest
Heavy News Reporting
RAIFY
RAIFFEISEN INTL/ADR
+2,373.8%13,063528$61,918.62$4.74+2.3%Analyst Report
Decrease in Short Interest
Heavy News Reporting
COIHD
Croda International
+2,173.9%38,0011,671$1.50 million$39.40+0.3%
FHL
Futu
+1,909.4%1.69 million84,167$60.14 million$35.56+4.4%High Trading Volume
WYGPY
WORLEYPARSONS L/ADR
+1,588.4%39,9482,366$254,468.76$6.37-3.1%Upcoming Earnings
Decrease in Short Interest
Heavy News Reporting
OSPN
Onespan
+1,502.3%6.03 million376,274$113.58 million$18.84-65.6%Earnings Announcement
Analyst Report
Insider Selling
High Trading Volume
Unusual Options Activity
Analyst Revision
Heavy News Reporting
HGEN
Humanigen
+1,378.4%4.07 million275,190$12.41 million$3.05-15.7%Upcoming Earnings
High Trading Volume
Decrease in Short Interest
EQM Midstream Partners logo
EQM
EQM Midstream Partners
+1,034.8%21.47 million1.89 million$460.17 million$21.43flatHigh Trading Volume
Decrease in Short Interest
Heavy News Reporting
Omeros logo
OMER
Omeros
+1,005.9%9.22 million833,275$125.98 million$13.67-16.2%Earnings Announcement
Analyst Downgrade
High Trading Volume
Unusual Options Activity
Analyst Revision
Heavy News Reporting
LINX
Linx
+923.7%1.56 million152,299$9.23 million$5.92-5.7%Analyst Downgrade
Heavy News Reporting
Pacific Biosciences of California logo
PACB
Pacific Biosciences of California
+920.2%20.88 million2.05 million$115.25 million$5.52+19.0%High Trading Volume
Unusual Options Activity
Heavy News Reporting
Shiseido logo
SSDOY
Shiseido
+830.3%593,14263,757$31.50 million$53.10-1.1%Increase in Short Interest
Heavy News Reporting
CBS.A
CBS
+794.1%93,93910,506$2.71 million$28.81+0.2%High Trading Volume
XPEL
XPEL
+788.8%2.10 million236,099$57.62 million$27.46+24.8%Earnings Announcement
High Trading Volume
Unusual Options Activity
Heavy News Reporting
Connecticut Water Service logo
CTWS
Connecticut Water Service
+785.7%318,96036,014$22.32 million$69.98flat
Viacom logo
VIA
Viacom
+782.0%507,17557,503$13.24 million$26.11flatHeavy News Reporting
NHNKY
NIHON KOHDEN CO/ADR
+762.8%22,1392,566$386,325.55$17.45-3.1%Increase in Short Interest
HYPMY
HYPERA S A/S
+754.1%605,54770,895$3.75 million$6.19+0.5%Upcoming Earnings
Increase in Short Interest
Millicom International Cellular logo
MIICF
Millicom International Cellular
+738.0%43,2415,160$1.25 million$29.00+0.5%High Trading Volume
Viacom logo
VIAB
Viacom
+729.5%41.87 million5.05 million$1.01 billion$24.22flatHigh Trading Volume
Heavy News Reporting
BJINY
BEIJING ENTPS H/S
+711.9%8210$4,724.84$57.62flat
FB Financial logo
FBK
FB Financial
+664.2%1.19 million155,956$35.90 million$30.12+5.0%Increase in Short Interest
Perficient logo
PRFT
Perficient
+659.4%3.34 million439,848$140.86 million$42.17+3.9%Decrease in Short Interest
Partner Communications logo
PTNR
Partner Communications
+646.1%87,00011,660$386,280.00$4.44+11.0%Upcoming Earnings
High Trading Volume
Increase in Short Interest
KUMBA IRON OR/S logo
KIROY
KUMBA IRON OR/S
+600.0%29,4024,200$317,247.58$10.79+4.2%Increase in Short Interest
Upland Software logo
UPLD
Upland Software
+591.8%1.90 million274,191$64.49 million$34.00-2.0%Earnings Announcement
Insider Selling
High Trading Volume
QLTA
iShares Aaa - A Rated Corporate Bond ETF
+591.7%1.88 million271,671$110.40 million$58.75-0.2%
PSNL
Personalis
+577.7%2.54 million374,968$48.31 million$19.01-11.5%Earnings Announcement
Analyst Downgrade
High Trading Volume
Increase in Short Interest
Heavy News Reporting
KELYB
Kelly Services
+572.4%86,10012,805$2.83 million$32.85-16.5%Earnings Announcement
Analyst Upgrade
High Trading Volume
Increase in Short Interest
FGROY
FIRSTGROUP/ADR
+553.0%65,1009,969$41,664.00$0.64+7.8%High Trading Volume
Decrease in Short Interest
PNTG
The Pennant Group
+543.1%987,100153,484$36.30 million$36.77+28.9%Earnings Announcement
Analyst Report
High Trading Volume
Decrease in Short Interest
Heavy News Reporting
QRTEB
Qurate Retail Inc Series B
+543.1%14,0002,177$149,240.00$10.66-8.0%High Trading Volume
Heavy News Reporting
JUST EAT PLC/ADR logo
JSTTY
JUST EAT PLC/ADR
+515.2%4,466726$49,572.60$11.10flatHigh Trading Volume
Increase in Short Interest
Heavy News Reporting
JMIA
Jumia Technologies
+514.2%29.80 million4.85 million$391.89 million$13.15-24.5%Analyst Report
High Trading Volume
Increase in Short Interest
Heavy News Reporting
Denali Therapeutics logo
DNLI
Denali Therapeutics
+492.5%3.95 million666,960$118.35 million$29.95-9.8%Earnings Announcement
Analyst Report
High Trading Volume
Sorrento Therapeutics logo
SRNE
Sorrento Therapeutics
+477.8%148.61 million25.72 million$1.84 billion$12.41-13.5%Upcoming Earnings
High Trading Volume
Unusual Options Activity
ITPOF
Intertape Polymer Group
+454.0%40,3407,281$479,719.25$11.89-2.5%Increase in Short Interest
Heavy News Reporting
CNR
NCI Building Systems
+451.2%3.53 million640,752$30.27 million$8.57+14.6%High Trading Volume
Heavy News Reporting
AKBTY
Akbank T.A.S.
+438.5%312,31457,992$435,115.86$1.39+0.2%Increase in Short Interest
Heavy News Reporting
HOFD
HomeFed
+426.7%53,69610,195$2.06 million$38.39flat
Builders FirstSource logo
BLDR
Builders FirstSource
+413.4%7.46 million1.45 million$226.63 million$30.36+10.9%High Trading Volume
Unusual Options Activity
Heavy News Reporting
First Citizens BancShares logo
FCNCA
First Citizens BancShares
+409.4%248,30048,741$104.46 million$420.71-0.5%High Trading Volume
Increase in Short Interest
CSVI
Computer Services
+400.3%133,83426,753$8.03 million$60.00-2.5%Increase in Short Interest
Heavy News Reporting
Seres Therapeutics logo
MCRB
Seres Therapeutics
+400.1%6.42 million1.28 million$151.35 million$23.56+14.9%Analyst Report
High Trading Volume
Unusual Options Activity
Anixter International logo
AXE
Anixter International
+387.5%2.53 million518,132$247.17 million$97.85flatIncrease in Short Interest
VIS
Vanguard Industrials ETF
+384.9%899,800185,565$132.15 million$146.87+0.4%
VUG
Vanguard Growth ETF
+384.1%6.26 million1.29 million$1.39 billion$222.48+1.9%Heavy News Reporting
Super Micro Computer logo
SMCI
Super Micro Computer
+378.8%2.28 million477,166$59.43 million$26.01-17.2%Earnings Announcement
Analyst Downgrade
High Trading Volume
Decrease in Short Interest
Heavy News Reporting
HITACHI CHEM CO/ADR logo
HCHMY
HITACHI CHEM CO/ADR
+373.4%8017$6,971.21$87.14flatUpcoming Earnings
Decrease in Short Interest
Heavy News Reporting
SIVR
Aberdeen Standard Physical Silver Shares ETF
+361.6%2.48 million537,366$60.37 million$24.34+0.5%Heavy News Reporting
MITSUBISHI CHEM/ADR logo
MTLHY
MITSUBISHI CHEM/ADR
+359.2%5,3771,171$160,234.60$29.80+4.2%Decrease in Short Interest
TIGR
TigerLogic
+333.8%3.63 million837,851$25.01 million$6.88+17.6%Upcoming Earnings
High Trading Volume
SRC Energy logo
SRCI
SRC Energy
+325.2%20.97 million4.93 million$83.90 million$4.00flat
eXp World logo
EXPI
eXp World
+322.7%1.50 million355,601$46.46 million$30.91+3.0%Analyst Downgrade
High Trading Volume
Decrease in Short Interest
Analyst Revision
AGQ
ProShares Ultra Silver
+309.5%3.81 million929,777$196.54 million$51.62+1.3%High Trading Volume
Heavy News Reporting
BEST logo
BSTI
BEST
+309.3%3.50 million855,012$15.61 million$4.46-2.5%
Corecivic logo
CXW
Corecivic
+304.7%5.89 million1.46 million$58.36 million$9.90+7.5%High Trading Volume
Increase in Short Interest
SGOL
Aberdeen Standard Physical Swiss Gold Shares ETF
+302.0%7.82 million1.95 million$143.55 million$18.36-0.4%
VTIQ
Diamond Eagle Acquisition
+288.2%10.81 million2.78 million$462.64 million$42.81+4.0%Increase in Short Interest
Heavy News Reporting
CLLDY
CapitaLand
+283.7%31,3468,170$126,042.27$4.02-0.5%Upcoming Earnings
Increase in Short Interest
Heavy News Reporting
ZIOPHARM Oncology logo
ZIOP
ZIOPHARM Oncology
+281.6%7.96 million2.09 million$24.20 million$3.04-11.5%Earnings Announcement
High Trading Volume
Decrease in Short Interest
RVLV
Revolve Group
+274.6%4.29 million1.15 million$83.72 million$19.50+4.4%Earnings Announcement
Analyst Report
High Trading Volume
Unusual Options Activity
Heavy News Reporting
KIE
SPDR S&P Insurance ETF
+268.6%1.40 million380,474$41.99 million$29.94-1.0%
Pharma Mar logo
PHMMF
Pharma Mar
+266.3%2,088570$203,580.00$97.50-2.0%Increase in Short Interest
Heavy News Reporting
K12 logo
LRN
K12
+247.9%3.14 million903,898$141.66 million$45.05-4.5%Earnings Announcement
Analyst Report
Insider Selling
High Trading Volume
Decrease in Short Interest
El Paso Electric logo
EE
El Paso Electric
+243.9%1.91 million554,629$130.47 million$68.400.0%High Trading Volume
Increase in Short Interest
COSCO SHIPPING/ADR logo
CICOY
COSCO SHIPPING/ADR
+236.2%10,0002,974$25,400.00$2.54+0.6%Increase in Short Interest
Heavy News Reporting
Plug Power logo
PLUG
Plug Power
+236.0%64.13 million19.08 million$681.66 million$10.63-6.3%Earnings Announcement
High Trading Volume
Unusual Options Activity
VFH
Vanguard Financials ETF
+233.7%3.32 million995,402$205.89 million$61.98-0.4%
IPE
SPDR Bloomberg Barclays TIPS ETF
+232.1%363,171109,361$11.20 million$30.85+0.1%High Trading Volume
OTRK
EHang
+224.9%1.23 million379,917$56.09 million$45.44-6.8%Analyst Revision
BIOVF
Swedish Orphan Biovitrum AB (publ)
+217.6%5,4001,700$118,800.00$22.00+3.4%Upcoming Earnings
Analyst Upgrade
Decrease in Short Interest
Heavy News Reporting
Magic Software Enterprises logo
MGIC
Magic Software Enterprises
+217.5%152,70048,098$2.02 million$13.24+1.1%High Trading Volume
Increase in Short Interest
Heavy News Reporting
JHML
John Hancock Multifactor Large Cap ETF
+214.5%385,900122,695$16.16 million$41.88+1.0%
U.S. Auto Parts Network logo
PRTS
U.S. Auto Parts Network
+213.2%2.08 million662,843$31.57 million$15.21+7.2%Earnings Announcement
Analyst Report
High Trading Volume
Unusual Options Activity
CHRYY
CHORUS LTD/S
+208.5%3,7171,205$92,181.60$24.80+1.2%Decrease in Short Interest
Brinker International logo
EAT
Brinker International
+207.5%8.45 million2.75 million$291.69 million$34.54+12.7%Earnings Announcement
Analyst Report
High Trading Volume
Unusual Options Activity
Analyst Revision
Heavy News Reporting
SpartanNash logo
SPTN
SpartanNash
+204.4%1.42 million466,149$28.73 million$20.25-10.3%Earnings Announcement
High Trading Volume
Decrease in Short Interest
Heavy News Reporting
GXC
SPDR S&P China ETF
+201.3%331,200109,930$38.91 million$117.49+1.5%
PSLV
Sprott Physical Silver Trust
+197.8%7.75 million2.60 million$69.15 million$8.92+7.2%High Trading Volume
BANKINTER S A/S logo
BKNIY
BANKINTER S A/S
+197.6%5,2321,758$29,089.92$5.56+0.2%Decrease in Short Interest
Heavy News Reporting
FUTU
Future Healthcare of America
+196.7%1.69 million570,041$60.14 million$35.56+4.4%High Trading Volume
Unusual Options Activity
City Developments logo
CDEVY
City Developments
+195.6%37,48312,680$226,397.32$6.04-0.2%Decrease in Short Interest
Helix Energy Solutions Group logo
HLX
Helix Energy Solutions Group
+191.1%9.79 million3.36 million$42.78 million$4.37-10.1%High Trading Volume
AHCO
AdaptHealth
+189.0%462,800160,124$11.72 million$25.33+3.3%Analyst Report
Increase in Short Interest
Analyst Revision
NRC
National Research
+183.4%107,30037,858$6.14 million$57.20-2.5%Decrease in Short Interest
SPTL
SPDR Portfolio Long Term Treasury ETF
+173.3%2.54 million929,955$120.38 million$47.36-0.9%
GSAH
GS ACQUISITION /SH CL A
+172.6%4.88 million1.79 million$76.87 million$15.76-6.4%Increase in Short Interest
Heavy News Reporting
Sino Biopharmaceutical logo
SBMFF
Sino Biopharmaceutical
+171.5%15,7365,795$18,725.84$1.19+0.8%Increase in Short Interest
CECONOMY AG/ADR logo
MTTRY
CECONOMY AG/ADR
+167.5%6,1002,280$4,843.40$0.79+5.5%High Trading Volume
Increase in Short Interest
Heavy News Reporting
DS Smith logo
DITHF
DS Smith
+165.9%10,2353,849$37,799.90$3.69+2.8%Decrease in Short Interest
BEST
BEST
+163.0%3.50 million1.33 million$15.61 million$4.46-2.5%Upcoming Earnings
MRNA
Moderna
+162.8%50.47 million19.20 million$3.51 billion$69.52+0.8%Analyst Report
Insider Selling
High Trading Volume
Analyst Revision
Digital Turbine logo
APPS
Digital Turbine
+162.5%6.84 million2.61 million$165.30 million$24.15+4.8%Analyst Downgrade
High Trading Volume
Stewart Information Services logo
STC
Stewart Information Services
+161.5%477,100182,467$19.53 million$40.94-5.9%Decrease in Short Interest
MORF
Morphic
+160.9%247,90095,035$6.94 million$27.98+1.1%Earnings Announcement
Analyst Report
Increase in Short Interest
ROYAL MAIL PLC/ADR logo
ROYMY
ROYAL MAIL PLC/ADR
+158.9%62,31624,065$350,215.92$5.62+2.7%Decrease in Short Interest
Last Updated: Thursday, 10:47 PM ET. Prices are 15-minutes delayed.

The interest in buying or selling a security (i.e. demand) is defined by the volume of shares being traded. When that demand is measured over a certain period of time, the volume can be averaged to give investors additional information for technical analysis. This article will help you understand what the average daily trading volume is, how you can look for it, what causes it to change significantly, and how it can be used as part of a trading system.

What is average daily trading volume?

The average daily trading volume (ADTV) is a calculation that identifies the amount of individual securities traded over a specified amount of time, divided by the number of days in that time period. Monthly and annual averages are the most common time frames used for calculating average daily trading volume. Average daily trading volume is one statistic investors use to predict the enthusiasm that traders have for buying or selling a security.

On any given day, a security may experience higher or lower volume for a variety of reasons. Investors can use average daily training volume to compare against its current volume. If the average daily trading volume is significantly higher or lower than the current volume, it is a clue that something may be happening that is creating buying or selling demand.

An informed investor can and should, at the very least, be aware of what an average daily trading is and what it may be saying about their investment. But the extent to which it impacts their trading habits really depends on what kind of investor they are.

When evaluating a security, investors will tend to be in one of two camps: fundamental analysis or technical analysis. If you're not an active trader, then you probably lean towards fundamental analysis to make your investment choices. In that case, the average daily trading volume may not be that important to you. That's because many investors who rely on fundamental analysis are taking long-term positions with their investments. Price movement over 30 days or 50 days is not likely to sway your opinion.

ADTV is firmly in the technical analysis camp. Technical analysis is a trading strategy that is used by active, aggressive traders to 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. 

How to find the average daily trading volume

The average daily trading volume can be found by viewing the summary quote for a given security. You might see it listed as a “30-day or 50-day average trading volume”, although it could be measured over any length of time. To get a better indication of what that volume means in relation to the value of that security, most summary pages will let you look at a chart for that security. The volume will be plotted along the horizontal axis and above the volume, you'll see price movement. The chart will allow you to see the specific dates when trading activity was most active.

What will cause the trading volume to change?

Like a hashtag on social media, the volume of trading for a given security will change when it’s trending. There are many things that can cause demand for a security to fluctuate. A few examples of situations that may affect the average daily trading volume of a given security:

  • When a company launches a new product, its stock will typically experience heavier trading volume as investors anticipate increased sales which makes the company more desirable to investors.
  • Here in the United States, when an election puts one political party in a position to replace the opposing party, it frequently leads to enthusiasm (desire to buy) in certain sectors and anxiety (desire to sell) in others.
  • As consumers, you know how weather events such as a hurricane can affect the price you pay at the pump. This is because investors fear supply disruptions. However, that same event is usually good news for the stock of oil and gas companies and can cause the trading volume of those companies to jump above their average.

What an increase in trading volume means

Since average daily trading volume tells investors how much interest a security is generating it helps them determine the liquidity of that security (i.e. how easy it is to trade). Simply put, an average daily trading volume that is increasing means there is a significant commitment by traders. This tells traders that there are many available buyers and sellers, making it easy to execute a trade.

What a decline in trading volume means

Typically a downturn in average daily trading volume means that there is less enthusiasm about a particular security. This means that, for trading purposes, there are fewer committed buyers, meaning there is less liquidity in that security. If you’re a day trader looking to enter and exit a position quickly, a security that is seeing a downturn in average daily trading volume may be more difficult to buy and sell quickly.

How to use average daily trading volume in your trades

An important takeaway for investors who want to use annual daily trading volume in their trading is that an increase in average daily trading volume does not always directly correlate with price.

As a consumer, you understand that for a sale to be made there has to be a buyer and a seller. You also understand that how much you pay for something has to do with supply and demand.

To illustrate this, imagine you’re a collector. You find an item that you’ve been eyeing for a long time. The only problem is, the seller only has one and you are not the only one interested.

What happens? The buyer is in control and the price of that item goes up.

But what would happen if there wasn’t demand for that item, yet the seller was interested in getting rid of it? The advantage goes to you, the buyer. In order to attract buyers (i.e. create demand), the seller has to lower their price.

It’s the same way when you’re looking to buy or sell shares in a security. When you look to buy, there have to be investors on the other end of that trade who are willing to sell. The average daily trading volume can signal to an investor that an event has occurred that is causing trading demand to increase.

But simply knowing that there is trading demand is not sufficient. While average daily trading volume can help confirm to a trader that a security is being actively traded, it does not, by itself, indicate price movement one way or another. There can be both high buying volume and high selling volume.

This is why, as part of a trading system, the average trading volume is always secondary to price. To make a more informed decision about what the average daily trading volume means, investors will look at price movement. Here are a few ways that investors use volume in their trading:

  • They use daily trading volume to confirm convergence.
    When the price is moving in the same direction as volume (that is the price is rising when volume is increasing or conversely the price is falling as demand is decreasing), that is called convergence and it is a good indicator that a trend is likely to continue and prices are likely to continue in the direction they are going.
  • They use daily trading volume to confirm divergence.
    Likewise, when the price of a security is moving in the opposite direction from its volume this is called divergence and it generally means that any trend that was associated with the security is weakening. If the price is rising as demand is falling it may mean that support for a price is losing steam. If the opposite is happening and the price is falling but demand is rising, it could be a clue that the stock may be ready to rally.
  • They use daily trading volume to observe what happens when the price meets resistance.
    In any rally, prices will reach a level where buyers take a breather. This is called a resistance level. In order for prices to continue to go higher, there has to be significant volume. Therefore, traders look at securities that have high average daily trading volume because they are more likely to push past a resistance level.
  • When the price continues to advance beyond a resistance level and the security continues to have an above average volume, which is considered to be more significant than if the price advances but volume turns lower. This is because it implies that investors continue to be enthusiastic. And enthusiasm leads to more buying and a price that will continue to climb.
  • Conversely, if the price continues to fall below a resistance level and continues to have an above average volume, it is considered to be more significant than if the price declines but volume also decreases. This is because the combination of negative price movement with advancing volume signifies a high level of investor anxiety which is likely to produce more selling and a price that will continue to decline.

The bottom line

Average daily trading volume can be one part of a trader’s technical analysis for a security. It can help them minimize risk by pointing out securities that have a committed group of buyers and sellers, allowing traders to quickly enter (buy) or exit (sell) a position they may take. It is not, however, a stand-alone measurement and should always be secondary to price movement when deciding whether or not to trade a given security.


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