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Analysts often follow the buying trends of institutional investors and company insiders. Both groups tend to have more information about companies than most investors – institutional investors spend more time analyzing these companies, while insiders always get the inside scoop.

We ran a screen on stocks rallying above their 20-day, 50-day, and 200-day moving averages for those seeing significant net buying interest from both company insiders and institutional investors.

Interactive Chart: Press Play to compare changes in analyst ratings over the last two years for the stocks mentioned below. Analyst ratings sourced from Zacks Investment Research.



We also created a price-weighted index of the stocks mentioned below, and monitored the performance of the list relative to the S&P 500 index over the last month. To access a complete analysis of this list's recent performance, click here.



Do you think these stocks will keep rallying? Use this list as a starting-off point for your own analysis.

List sorted by net insider purchases as a percent of share float.

1. Merge Healthcare Incorporated. (NASDAQ:MRGE): Healthcare Information Services Industry. Market cap of $495.51M. The stock is currently trading 11.43% above its 20-Day moving average, 14.40% above its 50-Day MA, and 28.77% above its 200-Day MA. Net institutional shares purchased over the current quarter at 4.4M, which is 21.83% of the company's 20.16M share float. Net insider purchases over the last six months at 281.0K, which is 1.39% of the company's share float. Exhibiting strong upside momentum--currently trading 11.43% above its SMA20, 14.4% above its SMA50, and 28.77% above its SMA200. The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 7.1% over the last week.

2. Western Gas Partners LP (NYSE:WES):
Oil & Gas Pipelines Industry. Market cap of $2.43B. The stock is currently trading 0.10% above its 20-Day moving average, 0.07% above its 50-Day MA, and 6.36% above its 200-Day MA. Net institutional shares purchased over the current quarter at 3.4M, which is 8.08% of the company's 42.06M share float. Net insider purchases over the last six months at 359.98K, which is 0.86% of the company's share float. The stock has gained 50.68% over the last year.

3. Duncan Energy Partners LP (NYSE:DEP): Oil & Gas Pipelines Industry. Market cap of $2.44B. The stock is currently trading 3.21% above its 20-Day moving average, 3.90% above its 50-Day MA, and 18.02% above its 200-Day MA. Net institutional shares purchased over the current quarter at 875.3K, which is 3.79% of the company's 23.10M share float. Net insider purchases over the last six months at 46.98K, which is 0.20% of the company's share float. The stock has gained 62.82% over the last year.

*Institutional data sourced from Fidelity, insider data sourced from Yahoo! Finance, all other data sourced from Finviz.

Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.

Source: 3 Rallying Stocks Being Snapped Up by Insiders and the Smart Money