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MarketWatch  4 hrs ago  Comment 
American Realty Capital Properties' stock plunged 30%, and was the market's most-actively traded stock through Wednesday afternoon trade, after the real estate investment trust said early Wednesday that its financial filings covering 2013 and the...
The Hindu Business Line  6 hrs ago  Comment 
A volume of 21.68 lakh kg has been catalogued for Sale No: 44 of Coonoor Tea Trade Association auction to be held on Thursday and Friday. This is 4.16 lakh kg more than the offer of last...
TheStreet.com  Oct 28  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...
Benzinga  Oct 27  Comment 
Prosensa Holding N.V. (NASDAQ: RNA) shares climbed 4.50% to $12.55. The volume of Prosensa Holding shares traded was 1274% higher than normal. Prosensa shares gained on the FDA requirement of additional data from Sarepta on Eteplirsen. VeriFone...
TheStreet.com  Oct 27  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...
Forbes  Oct 24  Comment 
The Biotech ETF (BBH) is seeing unusually high volume in afternoon trading Friday, with over 119,000 shares traded versus three month average volume of about 94,000.  Shares of BBH were up about 1.5% on the day.
Wall Street Journal  Oct 24  Comment 
Caixabank and Bankia reported higher third-quarter net profit, but total loan volume was down in a sign that Spain’s economic recovery has yet to take hold for many borrowers.
Benzinga  Oct 24  Comment 
CNBC Options Action's Mike Khouw said on the show that he noticed unusually high options volume in Select Sector Financial Slct Str SPDR Fd (NYSE: XLF) as nearly 1.5 times its average daily put options volume was traded. The largest portion of...
Forbes  Oct 23  Comment 
The WisdomTree Dividend ex-Financials Fund ETF (DTN) is seeing unusually high volume in afternoon trading Thursday, with over 164,000 shares traded versus three month average volume of about 41,000.  Shares of DTN were up about 0.9% 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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