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The Straits Times  Dec 31  Comment 
January 01, 2015 12:35 AM THE Singapore Exchange (SGX) is looking to individual investors to boost South-east Asia's biggest stock market after trading volume last year tumbled the most since the 2008 global financial crisis.
Forbes  Dec 31  Comment 
The MLP and Energy Infrastructure ETF (MLPX) is seeing unusually high volume in afternoon trading Wednesday, with over 502,000 shares traded versus three month average volume of about 81,000.  Shares of MLPX were up about 0.3% on the day.
Forbes  Dec 30  Comment 
The Vanguard Consumer Discretionary ETF (VCR) is seeing unusually high volume in afternoon trading Tuesday, with over 489,000 shares traded versus three month average volume of about 152,000.  Shares of VCR were down about 0.3% on the day.
Benzinga  Dec 30  Comment 
Transocean Partners LLC (NYSE: RIGP) surged 5.66% to $14.56. The volume of Transocean Partners shares traded 344% higher than normal. Transocean Partners' PEG ratio is 0.86. Xenon Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: XENE) shares climbed 6.23% to...
Forbes  Dec 29  Comment 
The iShares U.S. Financials ETF (IYF) is seeing unusually high volume in afternoon trading Monday, with over 6.9 million shares traded versus three month average volume of about 524,000.  Shares of IYF were up about 0.5% on the day.
Benzinga  Dec 26  Comment 
Energous Corporation (NASDAQ: WATT) surged 10.89% to $10.49. The volume of Energous shares traded 772% higher than normal. Energous' 52-week trading range is $7.11-$16.44. China Life Insurance Co. Ltd. (NYSE: LFC) shares climbed 7.36% to...
Forbes  Dec 26  Comment 
The iShares U.S. Basic Materials ETF (IYM) is seeing unusually high volume in afternoon trading Friday, with over 577,000 shares traded versus three month average volume of about 244,000.  Shares of IYM were up about 0.6% on the day.
Benzinga  Dec 24  Comment 
Adamas Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADMS) surged 18.16% to $17.31. The volume of Adamas Pharmaceuticals shares traded 5466% higher than normal. The FDA approved a New Drug Application for Adamas Pharmaceuticals' Namzaric for the treatment of...
TheStreet.com  Dec 24  Comment 
NEW YORK -- Express Scripts has been a monster, and bullish option traders cleaned up quick Tuesday.  OptionMonster's Heat Seeker program detected heavy call volume in the provider of pharmacy benefits, with a block of 8,200 January 80s sold...
Forbes  Dec 23  Comment 
The SPDR S&P Global Natural Resources ETF (GNR) is seeing unusually high volume in afternoon trading Tuesday, with over 790,000 shares traded versus three month average volume of about 138,000.  Shares of GNR were up about 0.2% 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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