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Looking for interesting stock trade ideas? To get started on your search, we ran a screen you may find interesting.

We screened the S&P 500 for stocks seeing the most significant net insider buying over the last six months. Company insiders, such as members of the board and upper management, report when they personally buy company shares - this is seen by analysts as highly bullish.

Interactive Chart: Press Play to compare changes in analyst ratings over the last two years for the top six 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 outperform like insiders expect? Use this list as a starting point for your own analysis.

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

1. 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 $14.02B. Net insider shares purchased over the last six months at 6.81M, which is 3.24% of the company's 210.56M share float. The stock has gained 22.16% over the last year.

2. Legg Mason Inc. (NYSE:LM): Operates as an asset management company worldwide. Market cap of $3.87B. Net insider shares purchased over the last six months at 3.47M, which is 3.07% of the company's 112.92M share float. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 7.39% (equivalent to 5.09 days of average volume). The stock has had a good month, gaining 15.58%.

3. Republic Services, Inc. (NYSE:RSG): Provides nonhazardous solid waste collection, transfer, and disposal services in the United States. Market cap of $10.51B. 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 3.4% over the last year.

4. Nasdaq OMX Group Inc. (NASDAQ:NDAQ): Provides trading, clearing, exchange technology, securities listing, and public company services worldwide. Market cap of $4.51B. Net insider shares purchased over the last six months at 881.72K, which is 0.69% of the company's 127.04M share float. Might be undervalued at current levels, with a PEG ratio at 0.81, and P/FCF ratio at 8.08. The stock has gained 4.77% over the last year.

5. Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ:CTAS): Provides corporate identity uniforms and related business services in North America and Latin America, Europe, and Asia. Market cap of $4.87B. Net insider shares purchased over the last six months at 645.16K, which is 0.59% of the company's 109.69M share float. The stock has had a good month, gaining 19.98%.

6. MEMC Electronic Materials Inc. (WFR): Engages in the development, manufacture, and sale of silicon wafers for the semiconductor industry worldwide. Market cap of $1.06B. Net insider shares purchased over the last six months at 355.20K, which is 0.15% of the company's 229.53M share float. The stock has had a good month, gaining 14.21%.

7. R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company (NASDAQ:RRD): Provides pre-media, printing, logistics, and business process outsourcing products and services to private and public sectors worldwide. Market cap of $2.31B. Net insider shares purchased over the last six months at 206.20K, which is 0.11% of the company's 186.21M share float. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 14.92% (equivalent to 8.19 days of average volume). It's been a rough couple of days for the stock, losing 14.64% over the last week.

8. Owens-Illinois, Inc. (NYSE:OI): Manufactures and sells glass containers primarily in Europe, North America, South America, and the Asia Pacific. Market cap of $3.82B. Net insider shares purchased over the last six months at 128.74K, which is 0.09% of the company's 144.62M share float. This is a risky stock that is significantly more volatile than the overall market (beta = 2.15). The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 5.73% over the last week.

9. Monster Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:MWW): Provides online employment solutions worldwide. Market cap of $1.13B. Net insider shares purchased over the last six months at 91.24K, which is 0.08% of the company's 119.35M share float. This is a risky stock that is significantly more volatile than the overall market (beta = 2.23). The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 6.46% over the last week.

10. Titanium Metals Corporation (TIE): Mills, manufactures, and distributes titanium and titanium alloys. Market cap of $2.82B. Net insider shares purchased over the last six months at 61.0K, which is 0.08% of the company's 72.92M share float. The stock has lost 9.19% over the last year.

11. Amphenol Corporation (NYSE:APH): Engages in the design, manufacture, and marketing of electrical, electronic, and fiber optic connectors; interconnect systems; and coaxial and specialty cables worldwide. Market cap of $9.13B. Net insider shares purchased over the last six months at 118.30K, which is 0.07% of the company's 163.34M share float. The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 14.39% over the last week.

12. AK Steel Holding Corporation (NYSE:AKS): Produces flat-rolled carbon, stainless, and electrical steels, and tubular products primarily in the United States and internationally. Market cap of $1.01B. Net insider shares purchased over the last six months at 72.27K, which is 0.07% of the company's 108.55M share float. This is a risky stock that is significantly more volatile than the overall market (beta = 2.67). The stock has had a good month, gaining 15.14%.

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

Source: Insiders Are Buying Up These 12 S&P 500 Stocks