Shares of Orexigen Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:OREX) are experiencing unusual volume during today’s trading. While the stock price moved along with the volume change, shares are touching $2.10 at the time of writing. The day’s total volume of 218529 this morning is in contrast from the three-month daily average of 73.96K. When we divide the current volume by the three-month average volume, we get a relative volume of 4.96.
Why is this important?
Trading volume is a hugely important consideration for any investor. By watching how many shares are trading hands and looking for any changes in that activity, trading opportunities can be spotted along with a deeper understanding of the reliability of other indicators on the stock. A significant increase in trading volume means that more than double the average amount of stocks are moving. When volume is decreased significantly, it may indicate there is an issue that shareholders should watch out for. It’s also important to take into consideration how long the unusual volume sustains for. If it’s only the one trading day, it can be dismissed as an anomaly.
Orexigen Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:OREX)‘s market cap, the total dollar value of all of their outstanding shares, is 31.48m. Including today’s unusual volume, Orexigen Therapeutics, Inc.‘s stock is performing at 17.24% on the year. For the week, the stock is performing -1.92%. Over the past month the firm’s stock is -12.45%, -29.17% for the last quarter, -21.84% for the past six-months and -31.31% for the last year.
Current levels places Orexigen Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:OREX)’s stock about -15.66% from the 50-day high and 4.48% away from the 50-day low.