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Japan Today  Oct 22  Comment 
Izuru Kato is a soft-spoken and bookish economist, but his dismissal of the Bank of Japan's stimulus policy as "monetary shamanism" is ringing loud in the ears of bank Governor Haruhiko Kuroda. Kuroda's policy of quantitative and qualitative...
Forbes  Oct 22  Comment 
The PowerShares Dynamic Large Cap Growth Portfolio ETF (PWB) is seeing unusually high volume in afternoon trading Wednesday, with over 141,000 shares traded versus three month average volume of about 33,000.  Shares of PWB were off about 0.7% on...
Forbes  Oct 21  Comment 
The First Trust Large Cap Value AlphaDEX Fund ETF (FTA) is seeing unusually high volume in afternoon trading Tuesday, with over 585,000 shares traded versus three month average volume of about 188,000.  Shares of FTA were up about 1.4% on the day.
Mondo Visione  Oct 21  Comment 
The Tokyo Commodity Exchange, Inc announced today that the September 2014 monthly volume of customer trades (combined sell & buy orders) originating overseas accounted for 44 percent of the total trades, which renewed the all-time high ratio. The...
Forbes  Oct 18  Comment 
This statement is one of the cardinal beliefs held by most technicians. It first came to my attention in the late 1970s when I read Joe Granville's book New Strategy of Daily Stock Market Timing for Maximum Profit, where he wrote “stocks do not...
The Hindu Business Line  Oct 18  Comment 
UltraTech Cement, an Aditya Birla Group company, reported a 47 per cent increase in net profit increased in the September quarter to ₹416 crore (₹283 crore) on higher demand, additional volume fro...
Forbes  Oct 17  Comment 
The PowerShares S&P 500 Low Volatility Portfolio ETF (SPLV) is seeing unusually high volume in afternoon trading Friday, with over 5.3 million shares traded versus three month average volume of about 1.1 million.  Shares of SPLV were up about...
SeekingAlpha  Oct 17  Comment 
By Early Retiree: During corrections like the current one, especially small-caps with low trading volume can provide excellent opportunities. Very few large trades can drag these stocks down rapidly, triggering stop-loss orders and thus even more...
The Economic Times  Oct 17  Comment 
"One is expecting about 12% volume growth for Hero for this financial year whereas Bajaj will struggle to get to 2% to 3% volume growth."




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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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