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Company insiders, such as members of the board and upper management, know more about their companies than anyone else. So when they personally buy shares of their company, it's a big signal to the market that they believe in their company's prospects.

Keeping this in mind, we ran a screen on large cap stocks for those with the most significant net insider buying over the last six months. ‪

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 agree with these insiders on their optimism for their employers? Use this list as a starting point for your own analysis.

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

1. VMware, Inc. (NYSE:VMW): Provides virtualization and virtualization-based cloud infrastructure solutions primarily in the United States. Market cap of $36.08B. Net insider shares purchased over the last six months at 3.30M, which is 4.28% of the company's 77.05M share float. The stock has lost 10.51% over the last year.

2. Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL): Develops and markets products and services for the hospitality, foodservice, healthcare, and industrial markets primarily in the United States. Market cap of $13.86B. Net insider shares purchased over the last six months at 6.81M, which is 3.24% of the company's 210.57M share float. The stock has gained 23.43% over the last year.

3. Republic Services, Inc. (NYSE:RSG): Provides nonhazardous solid waste collection, transfer, and disposal services in the United States. Market cap of $10.27B. Net insider shares purchased over the last six months at 7.69M, which is 2.53% of the company's 304.14M share float. The stock has lost 2.57% over the last year.

4. LyondellBasell Industries NV (NYSE:LYB): Manufacturers and sells chemicals and polymers, refines crude oil, produces gasoline blending components, and develops and licenses technologies for production of polymers. Market cap of $22.14B. Net insider shares purchased over the last six months at 5.94M, which is 1.49% of the company's 397.11M share float. The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 12.95% over the last week.

5. Hess Corporation (NYSE:HES): Operates as an integrated energy company. Market cap of $19.22B. Net insider shares purchased over the last six months at 184.95K, which is 0.06% of the company's 309.70M share float. The stock has lost 28.81% over the last year.

*Insider data sourced from Yahoo Finance, all other data sourced from Finviz.

Source: 5 Large Cap Stocks Being Bought Up By Insiders