Volume

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TechCrunch  Apr 4  Comment 
New research released today from mobile app marketer Fiksu examines the impact that download volume has on search results in the iTunes App Store. Today, the App Store has over a million applications available, which means, more than ever, app...
Forbes  Apr 4  Comment 
The PowerShares S&P 500 High Dividend Portfolio ETF (SPHD) is seeing unusually high volume in afternoon trading Friday, with over 344,000 shares traded versus three month average volume of about 25,000.  Shares of SPHD were up about 0.4% on the day.
FX Street  Apr 4  Comment 
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Forbes  Apr 3  Comment 
The PowerShares Global Clean Energy Portfolio ETF (PBD) is seeing unusually high volume in afternoon trading Thursday, with over 388,000 shares traded versus three month average volume of about 50,000. Shares of PBD were off about 1.3% on the day.
TheStreet.com  Apr 3  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  Apr 2  Comment 
The PowerShares Dynamic Building & Construction Portfolio ETF (PKB) is seeing unusually high volume in afternoon trading Wednesday, with over 243,000 shares traded versus three month average volume of about 47,000.  Shares of PKB were up about...
Benzinga  Apr 2  Comment 
Providence Service (NASDAQ: PRSC) shares rose 6.58% to $40.50. The volume of Providence Service shares traded was 1483% higher than normal. On Tuesday, Providence Service agreed to acquire Ingeus for $58 million. Veeva Systems (NYSE: VEEV)...
Forbes  Apr 1  Comment 
The First Trust Utilities AlphaDEX Fund ETF (FXU) is seeing unusually high volume in afternoon trading Tuesday, with over 756,000 shares traded versus three month average volume of about 58,000.  Shares of FXU were off about 0.3% on the day.
Mondo Visione  Apr 1  Comment 
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that 355,570,399 total options contracts were traded in March, 14.12 percent more than March of last year when 311,565,300 contracts were exchanged. Average daily volume was 16,931,924...




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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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