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Forbes  10 hrs ago  Comment 
The PowerShares Dynamic Oil & Gas Services Portfolio ETF (PXJ) is seeing unusually high volume in afternoon trading Friday, with over 424,000 shares traded versus three month average volume of about 36,000. Shares of PXJ were up about 1.8% on the...
Forbes  Nov 20  Comment 
The Retail ETF (RTH) is seeing unusually high volume in afternoon trading Thursday, with over 43,000 shares traded versus three month average volume of about 34,000. Shares of RTH were up about 0.5% on the day.
The Hindu Business Line  Nov 20  Comment 
A volume of 17.65 lakh kg is being offered for Sale No: 47 of Coonoor Tea Trade Association auction to be held on Thursday and Friday. This is around 68,000 kg less than last week’s offer.
Forbes  Nov 19  Comment 
The SPDR S&P China ETF (GXC) is seeing unusually high volume in afternoon trading Wednesday, with over 577,000 shares traded versus three month average volume of about 122,000.  Shares of GXC were down about 0.5% on the day.
Forbes  Nov 18  Comment 
The Guggenheim S&P Global Water Index ETF (CGW) is seeing unusually high volume in afternoon trading Tuesday, with over 248,000 shares traded versus three month average volume of about 51,000.  Shares of CGW were up about 1.4% on the day.
Benzinga  Nov 18  Comment 
Actavis plc (NYSE: ACT) shares climbed 4.99% to $260.30. The volume of Actavis shares traded was 462% higher than normal. Citigroup raised the price target on Actavis from $250.00 to $310.00. SunEdison (NYSE: SUNE) shares moved up 23.90% to...
MedPage Today  Nov 18  Comment 
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Forbes  Nov 17  Comment 
The SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Equipment & Services ETF (XES) is seeing unusually high volume in afternoon trading Monday, with over 1.2 million shares traded versus three month average volume of about 136,000.  Shares of XES were down about 0.9% on the...
MedPage Today  Nov 15  Comment 
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Forbes  Nov 14  Comment 
The Retail ETF (RTH) is seeing unusually high volume in afternoon trading Friday, with over 78,000 shares traded versus three month average volume of about 30,000.  Shares of RTH were up about 0.1% on the day.




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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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