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Wish you could get the inside scoop on a company? One idea is to look at insider stock purchases. Company insiders report when they buy their employer's stock, and it's viewed by analysts as a very bullish signal.

We ran a screen on small-cap stocks, with market caps between $300-500 million, for those that appear undervalued relative to earnings growth, with PEG below 1.

We then screened these names for those with the most significant net insider purchases over the last six months, indicating insiders such as members of the board and upper management expect their employers to outperform.

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 insiders are calling it right on their employers? Use this list as a starting point for your own analysis.

1. Sun Healthcare Group Inc. (SUNH): Provides health care services primarily for senior population in the United States. Market cap at $326.88M. PEG at 0.48. Over the last six months, insiders were net buyers of 91,044 shares, which represents about 0.45% of the company's 20.16M share float.

2. TICC Capital Corp. (TICC): Operates as a closed-end, non-diversified management investment company. Market cap at $327.17M. PEG at 0.62. Over the last six months, insiders were net buyers of 145,561 shares, which represents about 0.46% of the company's 31.86M share float.

3. Celadon Group Inc. (CGI): Provides transportation services between the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Market cap at $356.05M. PEG at 0.92. Over the last six months, insiders were net buyers of 20,000 shares, which represents about 0.1% of the company's 20.29M share float.

4. Commercial Vehicle Group Inc. (CVGI): Designs and manufactures integrated system solutions for the commercial vehicle markets worldwide. Market cap at $360.86M. PEG at 0.72. Over the last six months, insiders were net buyers of 225,471 shares, which represents about 0.95% of the company's 23.77M share float.

5. DepoMed Inc. (DEPO): Develops and commercializes pharmaceutical products based on its proprietary oral drug delivery technologies in the United States. Market cap at $361.21M. PEG at 0.14. Over the last six months, insiders were net buyers of 25,000 shares, which represents about 0.05% of the company's 51.57M share float.

6. Denny's Corporation (DENN): Engages in the ownership and operation of a chain of family-style restaurants. Market cap at $401.82M. PEG at 0.19. Over the last six months, insiders were net buyers of 208,000 shares, which represents about 0.22% of the company's 95.00M share float.

7. Zhongpin, Inc. (HOGS): Engages in the processing and distribution of meat and food products primarily in the People's Republic of China. Market cap at $403.77M. PEG at 0.32. Over the last six months, insiders were net buyers of 125,000 shares, which represents about 0.47% of the company's 26.50M share float.

8. Modine Manufacturing Company (MOD): Engages in the development, manufacture, and marketing of thermal management products, components, and systems for use in on-highway and off-highway original equipment manufacturer vehicular applications, and to various building, industrial, refrigeration, and fuel cell markets. Market cap at $443.94M. PEG at 0.42. Over the last six months, insiders were net buyers of 13,000 shares, which represents about 0.03% of the company's 46.02M share float.

9. SCBT Financial Corp. (SCBT): Operates as the holding company for SCBT, N. Market cap at $444.4M. PEG at 0.97. Over the last six months, insiders were net buyers of 5,726 shares, which represents about 0.05% of the company's 12.44M share float.

10. Triangle Capital Corporation (TCAP): A private equity and venture capital firm specializing in leveraged buyouts, management buyouts, ESOPs, change of control transactions, acquisition financings, growth financing, and recapitalizations in lower middle market companies. Market cap at $448.52M. PEG at 0.69. Over the last six months, insiders were net buyers of 9,250 shares, which represents about 0.04% of the company's 21.89M share float.

11. Hercules Technology Growth Capital, Inc. (HTGC): A private equity, venture capital, and venture debt firm specializing in providing debt and equity to privately held venture capital and private equity backed companies and select publicly-traded companies. Market cap at $458.69M. PEG at 0.93. Over the last six months, insiders were net buyers of 46,250 shares, which represents about 0.11% of the company's 41.08M share float.

12. GeoEye, Inc. (GEOY): Provides earth imagery and imagery information products, as well as image processing services to the United States and foreign government defense and intelligence organizations, domestic federal and foreign civil agencies, and commercial customers. Market cap at $463.33M. PEG at 0.74. Over the last six months, insiders were net buyers of 829,579 shares, which represents about 6.15% of the company's 13.49M share float.

13. Chiquita Brands International Inc. (CQB): Engages in the distribution and marketing of bananas and fresh produce under the Chiquita and other brand names worldwide. Market cap at $468.79M. PEG at 0.85. Over the last six months, insiders were net buyers of 145,900 shares, which represents about 0.33% of the company's 43.70M share float.

14. InfoSpace Inc. (INSP): Develops search tools and technologies that assist consumers with finding content and information on the Internet. Market cap at $469.22M. PEG at 0.73. Over the last six months, insiders were net buyers of 84,178 shares, which represents about 0.26% of the company's 32.23M share float.

15. Susser Holdings Corporation (SUSS): Operates convenience stores and distributes motor fuels in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. Market cap at $480.87M. PEG at 0.75. Over the last six months, insiders were net buyers of 51,500 shares, which represents about 0.4% of the company's 12.77M share float.

16. G-III Apparel Group, Ltd. (GIII): Designs, manufactures, imports, and markets a range of outerwear and sportswear apparel to retailers primarily in the United States. Market cap at $498.4M. PEG at 0.51. Over the last six months, insiders were net buyers of 20,000 shares, which represents about 0.14% of the company's 14.34M share float.

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

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