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Forbes  May 27  Comment 
The Lithium ETF (LIT) is seeing unusually high volume in afternoon trading Friday, with over 119,000 shares traded versus three month average volume of about 54,000.  Shares of LIT were up about 0.5% on the day.
Forbes  May 26  Comment 
The iShares Global Materials ETF (MXI) is seeing unusually high volume in afternoon trading Thursday, with over 552,000 shares traded versus three month average volume of about 33,000.  Shares of MXI were up about 0.1% on the day.
MarketWatch  May 26  Comment 
Shares of Minerva Neurosciences Inc. more than tripled in active premarket trade Thursday, after the biopharmaceutical company announced positive trial results for its antidepressant drug candidate. The stock rocketed 238% to $11.98 in recent...
Forbes  May 25  Comment 
The iShares Global REIT ETF (REET) is seeing unusually high volume in afternoon trading Wednesday, with over 314,000 shares traded versus three month average volume of about 35,000.  Shares of REET were up about 0.4% on the day.
New York Times  May 25  Comment 
Senator Elizabeth Warren assailed Donald J. Trump as a heartless tax dodger who preyed on the misfortunes of Americans stricken by the financial crisis.
Forbes  May 24  Comment 
The iShares MSCI KLD 400 Social ETF (DSI) is seeing unusually high volume in afternoon trading Tuesday, with over 171,000 shares traded versus three month average volume of about 27,000. Shares of DSI were up about 1.4% on the day.
The Hindu Business Line  May 24  Comment 
Cargo volume at Kattupalli port in Ennore, run by the Adani Group, continues to increase every month, making it an emerging alternative to Chennai port for container and dry bulk cargo. Adani took ...
Forbes  May 23  Comment 
The PowerShares DWA Technology Momentum Portfolio ETF (PTF) is seeing unusually high volume in afternoon trading Monday, with over 534,000 shares traded versus three month average volume of about 32,000. Shares of PTF were up about 0.3% on the day.
Benzinga  May 23  Comment 
Xura Inc (NASDAQ: MESG) surged 16.92 percent to $24.53. The volume of Xura shares traded was 5495 percent higher than normal. Xura agreed to be acquired by Siris Capital Group, LLC affiliates for $25 per share. Aqua Metals Inc (NASDAQ: AQMS)...
Forbes  May 20  Comment 
The PowerShares Dynamic Biotechnology & Genome Portfolio ETF (PBE) is seeing unusually high volume in afternoon trading Friday, with over 93,000 shares traded versus three month average volume of about 40,000. Shares of PBE were up about 2.2% on...




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Volume is the number of shares traded in a given day

The Average Volume for a stock tracks the typical trading volume for a certain stock. The volume for a stock tracks the amount of shares that exchange hands on a particular day and is a measure of activity.

Volume is frequently used as an indicator in technical analysis as it measures whether the markets have made a strong price decision in one direction or the other. The greater the volume, the more people who are behind a stock's movement in one direction or the other.

Examples

  • You decide to buy 10,000 shares of an extremely illiquid stock. It's so infrequently traded that you're the only person buying the stock on the day in question so the day's volume for that stock is 10,000.
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