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Forbes  1 hr ago  Comment 
The PowerShares Dividend Achievers Portfolio ETF (PFM) is seeing unusually high volume in afternoon trading Tuesday, with over 41,000 shares traded versus three month average volume of about 30,000.  Shares of PFM were up about 0.3% on the day.
TheStreet.com  7 hrs ago  Comment 
DELAFIELD, Wis. (Stockpickr) -- Professional traders running mutual funds and hedge funds don't just look at a stock's price moves; they also track big changes in volume activity. Often when above-average volume moves into an equity, it precedes a...
The Economic Times  7 hrs ago  Comment 
'I would say that a stock price of close to above four figure mark is possible. They have a very small equity base and have a good operating leverage.'
Forbes  Aug 18  Comment 
The First Trust US IPO Index Fund ETF (FPX) is seeing unusually high volume in afternoon trading Monday, with over 133,000 shares traded versus three month average volume of about 51,000.  Shares of FPX were up about 0.9% on the day.
TheStreet.com  Aug 18  Comment 
aDELAFIELD, Wis. (Stockpickr) -- Professional traders running mutual funds and hedge funds don't just look at a stock's price moves; they also track big changes in volume activity. Often when above-average volume moves into an equity, it precedes...
TheStreet.com  Aug 14  Comment 
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The stock market continued its winning ways Thursday with the DJIA gaining 61.78 points to close at 16713.58 and the S&P 500 closing up 8.46 to finish at 1955.18. The Nasdaq was higher by 18.88 to close at 4453 and the...
Forbes  Aug 14  Comment 
The Vanguard Mega Cap ETF (MGC) is seeing unusually high volume in afternoon trading Thursday, with over 59,000 shares traded versus three month average volume of about 31,000.  Shares of MGC were up about 0.3% on the day.
TheStreet.com  Aug 13  Comment 
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- As mentioned in Tuesday's article, the fact that the stock market closed down on Tuesday with decelerating volume was bullish on the margin. With that down day on Tuesday, the stock market could resume its upward...
Forbes  Aug 13  Comment 
The PowerShares S&P 500 BuyWrite Portfolio ETF (PBP) is seeing unusually high volume in afternoon trading Wednesday, with over 953,000 shares traded versus three month average volume of about 147,000.  Shares of PBP were up about 0.7% 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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