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Small companies often have no analysts following them. This means choosing the right microcap (market cap < $300 million) can be very profitable. For example, the Russell 2000 index outperforms the S&P 500 significantly over the past ten years: Russell 2000 index returns 66% vs. S&P 500 25%.

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Choosing the right small companies to invest can be daunting: where should you start? Insiders, especially executives of small companies tend to know the company very well. Tracking their stock purchase activities is a very good point to start for lucrative returns. In this series, I'm going to report microcap company insider buys on a weekly basis (market cap in $million).

Following Seeking Alpha's microcap policy, all the stocks in the table are greater than $1 per share or $100 million market cap.

Ticker

Company

Sector

Industry

Market Cap

Insider

Position

Shares

Price

Date

ADK

Adcare Health Systems Inc

Healthcare

Long-Term Care Facilities

$43.44

Brogdon Christopher F

Chief Acquisition Officer

10,000

$3.57

4/3/2012

ADK

Adcare Health Systems Inc

Healthcare

Long-Term Care Facilities

$43.44

Brogdon Connie B

10% Owner

10,000

$3.57

4/3/2012

AEHR

Aehr Test Systems

Technology

Semiconductor Equipment & Materials

$11.23

Anderson Robert R

Director

8,250

$1.10

4/3/2012

AEY

Addvantage Technologies Group Inc

Services

Electronics Wholesale

$24.29

Francis Scott A

VP and CFO

50,000

$2.45

4/2/2012

AIRT

Air T Inc

Services

Air Delivery & Freight Services

$23.36

Swenson Nicholas John

NA

3,168

$9.51

4/2/2012

AIRT

Air T Inc

Services

Air Delivery & Freight Services

$23.36

Swenson Nicholas John

NA

4,895

$9.59

4/3/2012

BKJ

Bancorp Of New Jersey Inc.

Financial

Savings & Loans

$49.20

Mauro Josephine

Director

660

$9.48

4/2/2012

BMTI

Biomimetic Therapeutics Inc.

Healthcare

Medical Instruments & Supplies

$75.95

Friedlaender Gary E

Director

10,000

$2.79

4/2/2012

CHUX

O Charleys Inc

Services

Restaurants

$216.84

Fred Merger Sub Inc.

NA

83,894

$9.85

4/4/2012

CHUX

O Charleys Inc

Services

Restaurants

$216.84

Fred Merger Sub Inc.

NA

345,508

$9.85

4/5/2012

CHUX

O Charleys Inc

Services

Restaurants

$216.84

Fred Merger Sub Inc.

NA

17,638,179

$9.85

4/3/2012

CITZ

Cfs Bancorp Inc

Financial

Regional - Midwest Banks

$63.10

Simon Joyce M

Director

658

$5.93

4/2/2012

CLRO

Clearone Communications Inc

Technology

Communication Equipment

$37.46

Bagley Edward D

10% Owner

30,000

$4.06

4/3/2012

CNBC

Center Bancorp Inc

Financial

Regional - Northeast Banks

$164.30

Kent Howard

NA

268

$10.05

4/2/2012

CNBC

Center Bancorp Inc

Financial

Regional - Northeast Banks

$164.30

Seidman Lawrence B

NA

5,828

$10.04

4/2/2012

CNBC

Center Bancorp Inc

Financial

Regional - Northeast Banks

$164.30

Vanaria Raymond

NA

600

$10.17

4/2/2012

COMV

Comverge Inc.

Technology

Scientific & Technical Instruments

$45.68

Raging Capital Fund

qp Lp

23,000

$1.76

4/5/2012

COMV

Comverge Inc.

Technology

Scientific & Technical Instruments

$45.68

Raging Capital Fund

qp Lp

201,705

$1.76

4/4/2012

CRTX

Critical Therapeutics Inc

Healthcare

Biotechnology

$154.30

Chiesi Farmaceutici Spa

10% Owner

1,443,913

$6.25

4/3/2012

DCO

Ducommun Inc /de/

Industrial Goods

Aerospace/Defense Products & Services

$129.12

Reardon Anthony J

President and CEO

2,000

$12.20

4/2/2012

FUNC

First United Corp/md/

Financial

Regional - Mid-Atlantic Banks

$38.02

Burkey M Kathryn

Director

106

$6.46

4/2/2012

ICH

Investors Capital Holdings Ltd

Financial

Diversified Investments

$26.62

Crosson James D.

NA

1,000

$4.00

4/2/2012

KERX

Keryx Biopharmaceuticals Inc

Healthcare

Drug Manufacturers - Major

$108.66

Bentsur Ron

Chief Executive Officer

71,400

$1.38

4/4/2012

LGL

Lynch Corp

Technology

Scientific & Technical Instruments

$18.98

Gabelli Mario J

10% Owner

1,800

$7.42

4/4/2012

LGL

Lynch Corp

Technology

Scientific & Technical Instruments

$18.98

Gabelli Mario J

10% Owner

1,900

$7.25

4/3/2012

LGL

Lynch Corp

Technology

Scientific & Technical Instruments

$18.98

Gabelli Mario J

10% Owner

2,200

$7.25

4/2/2012

LNBB

Lnb Bancorp Inc

Financial

Regional - Midwest Banks

$54.40

Campana Robert M

Director

585

$6.90

4/4/2012

LNBB

Lnb Bancorp Inc

Financial

Regional - Midwest Banks

$54.40

Howley Lee C Jr

Director

585

$6.90

4/4/2012

LNBB

Lnb Bancorp Inc

Financial

Regional - Midwest Banks

$54.40

Merkel Daniel G

Director

110

$6.90

4/4/2012

LNBB

Lnb Bancorp Inc

Financial

Regional - Midwest Banks

$54.40

Schaeffer John W

Director

195

$6.90

4/4/2012

RICK

Ricks Cabaret International Inc

Services

Restaurants

$92.52

Marshall Phillip Kent

CFO

1,000

$9.55

4/4/2012

SGA

Saga Communications Inc

Services

Broadcasting - Radio

$150.20

Tisch Daniel R

10% Owner

130

$35.10

4/4/2012

WOLF

Great Wolf Resorts Inc.

Services

Resorts & Casinos

$180.52

Vora Parag

NA

125,000

$5.64

4/4/2012

ZZ

Sealy Corp

Consumer Goods

Home Furnishings & Fixtures

$204.97

Roedel Richard

Director

24,000

$2.01

4/2/2012

Source: Notable Micro Cap Stock Insider Buys This Week