Top Insider Trades May 7, 2012

May. 8.12 | About: Vocus, Inc. (VOCS)

Which stocks are getting attention from insiders?

Below are lists of the top 10 mainly open-market insider purchases and sales filed at the Securities and Exchange Commission Monday, May 7, 2012 as ranked by dollar value.

On Today's Tables: Insiders at Vocus (NASDAQ:VOCS) are indicating that their shares, which began falling out of bed last summer, may finally be worth considering.

Two execs at this maker of cloud-based marketing software first showed their objections to the halving of VOCS' price to $16 last September by suspending long-running 10b5-1 programs. That stopped them from being forced to automatically sell into last year's sharp decline. After a meaningful rebound attempt, VOCS gapped down again in February, this time all the way down to $12.

But just-released Q1 results sparked a rally in VOCS, and several insiders have bought the news. Two of the three insider buyers increased their holdings significantly with their recent purchases. And since the executives could not trade until two days after the Q1 results were released, they had to buy VOCS after the bounce. They obviously believe the shares will continue to recover.

Other notable insider transactions from today's tables:
- The CEO of Oneok (NYSE:OKS) continues to buy into his solidly performing shares;
- While many insiders are now in profit-taking mode at Cabelas (NYSE:CAB), Director Reuben Mark is bosltering his stake in the outdoor retailer;

- Avenue Investments sold the bulk of its holdings in Magnachip (NYSE:MX) via a secondary offering.

More About InsiderInsights' Top Trades Tables

Company executives and directors are in the best position to assess the attractiveness of their firms' shares, and here is how many of them are voting their wallets!

Please note, however, that these are factual lists, not buy and sell recommendations. Dollar value is only one metric to assess the importance of an insider transaction, and further analysis of a stock's full insider history may not indicate a significant insider signal.

But at Insider Insights, we find significant insider signals just about every day using screens like these to determine where we should focus are subsequent fundamental and technical analysis. And while stocks don't (and shouldn't) move up or down based on insider activity alone, insiders tend to be good indicators of when real stock-moving events like earnings surprises, corporate actions, and new products may be in the offing.

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Insider Purchases
#: Filer Name Insider Titles Company Name Ticker Trans
Type
Dollar Value Shares Traded Trans Date
To
Ave Trans
Price
Direct
Holdings
Indirect
Holdings
1 Sheffery Michael B DIR Supernus Pharmaceuticals SUPN JB* $5,500,000 1,100,000 5/4/12 $5.00 --- 2,402,600
2 Discovery Capital Mgt BO Universal Display PANL B $4,077,000 100,000 5/3/12 $40.77 --- 5,929,626
3 Mark Reuben DIR Cabelas CAB B $1,091,100 30,000 5/7/12 $35.45 1,149,413 ---
4 Rudman Richard E CB,CEO,PR Vocus VOCS B $959,400 60,000 5/4/12 $15.99 580,185 ---
5 Sph Group BO Steel Excel SXCL B $760,349 27,082 5/4/12 $28.10 4,411,481 ---
6 Rima Senvest Mgt BO Rait Financial Trust RAS B $574,361 130,864 5/4/12 $4.35 --- 2,991,910
7 Busch August A III DIR Emerson Electric EMR B $497,929 10,100 5/3/12 $49.30 245,187 ---
8 Gibson John William CEO,DIR Oneok Partners OKS B $394,472 7,000 5/4/12 $56.35 50,000 ---
9 Vintz Stephen A VP,CFO,SEC Vocus VOCS B $239,850 15,000 5/4/12 $15.99 113,772 ---
10 Frost Phillip MD et al CEO,CB,BO Opko Health OPK B $225,253 50,000 5/4/12 $4.55 --- 111,492,856
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Source: InsiderInsights.com | Key to Insider Title and Transaction Type Codes

 

 

Insider Sales
#: Filer Name Insider Titles Company Name Ticker Trans
Type
Dollar Value Shares Traded Trans Date
To
Ave Trans
Price
Direct
Holdings
Indirect
Holdings
1 Avenue Special Sit Fd DIR,BO Magnachip Semiconductor MX JS* $55,364,972 5,098,768 5/7/12 $10.86 4,275,774 ---
2 Nutt William J DIR Affiliated Managers AMG S $19,865,150 183,767 5/7/12 $106.95 160,891 ---
3 Illig Clifford W VCB,DIR Cerner CERN S $9,787,640 120,000 5/4/12 $80.55 7,517,183 ---
4 Peters Charles E Jr VP,CFO Red Hat RHT AS $4,164,160 70,154 5/4/12 $60.00 68,822 ---
5 Lefrak Richard S DIR Bankunited BKU S $2,432,772 100,113 5/7/12 $24.21 --- 1,056,279
6 Benson Steven J DIR Logmein LOGM AS $1,975,039 60,000 5/7/12 $33.04 --- 850,000
7 Patterson Neal L CB,CEO,PR Cerner CERN S $1,611,782 20,000 5/4/12 $80.59 --- 4,978,571
8 Burbach Gerhard F CEO,DIR Thoratec THOR AS $1,527,369 44,623 5/3/12 $34.23 142,760 ---
9 Marks Mel DIR Motorcar Parts America MPAA JS* $1,400,000 200,000 5/2/12 $7.00 152,157 ---
10 McArdle Joan C DIR Aspen Technology AZPN S $1,322,250 60,000 5/7/12 $22.04 --- 60,000
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Source: InsiderInsights.com | Key to Insider Title and Transaction Type Codes

Disclosure: I am long OKS.