Top Insider Trades May 9, 2012: Sirius Buying

| About: Sirius XM (SIRI)

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 Wednesday, May 9, 2012 as ranked by dollar value.

On Today's Tables: Liberty Media goes into serious buying mode for Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ:SIRI). John Malone's Liberty Media is interested in taking over the subscription radio firm, but the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) indicated that Liberty had to own more than its current 40% stake in SIRI to be allowed to do so.

Well, Mr. Malone seems more than happy to comply. Not only did Liberty purchase over $128 million worth of SIRI over the past two days, but the same Form 4 indicates that Liberty also entered into a forward contract to buy over 302 million more shares of SIRI on July 6 at a price of $2.15 a share. The counterparty to the forward contract was not identified, but it seems significant that Liberty could find such a willing seller of so much SIRI without having to pay a premium.

The unidentified counterparty isn't the only willing seller of the stock either. Sirius shareholders should be relieved to see Liberty's demand for their shares given that corporate insiders, including CEO Mel Karmazin, have been selling big chunks of their shares in 2012.

Other notable insider transactions from today's tables include:

- Two Directors at American International Group (NYSE:AIG) just averaged up the price of their holdings, with purchases that increased their stakes significantly. The trades have turned AIG's insider profile bullish by InsiderInsights' ratings system, and represent a comforting internal confirmation of Goldman Sachs' (NYSE:GS) recent upgrade of AIG to a Buy.

- A new 10b5-1 plan just triggered a large sale of shares by CEO Fred Gehring at PVH Corp. (NYSE:PVH). PVH was trading for about $90 a share when the plan was adopted on April 5th. Alas, concerns regarding demand in Europe sent shares of this apparel maker down to $80 in time for Mr. Gehring's first sale via the automatic selling plan.

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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 Liberty Media BO Sirius Xm Radio SIRI B $128,480,096 60,350,000 5/9/12 $2.13 --- 60,350,000
2 Viscaria BO Igate IGTE JB* $27,150,000 1,500,000 5/8/12 $18.10 19,181,732 ---
3 Rusckowski Stephen H PR,CEO,DIR Quest Diagnostics DGX B $1,137,748 20,000 5/8/12 $56.89 63,034 ---
4 GMT Capital BO Kraton Perf Polymers KRA B $1,109,680 48,500 5/7/12 $22.88 4,516,155 ---
5 Sph Group BO Steel Excel SXCL B $627,624 22,395 5/8/12 $28.05 4,433,876 ---
6 Luczo Stephen J DIR Microsoft MSFT B $491,562 16,000 5/8/12 $30.72 --- 116,000
7 Offit Morris DIR American International AIG B $317,020 10,000 5/8/12 $31.71 37,250 ---
8 Koellner Laurette T DIR American International AIG B $248,957 7,825 5/8/12 $31.81 21,325 ---
9 Warburg Pincus PE IX BO Builders Firstsource BLDR B $235,192 59,837 5/9/12 $3.98 24,673,744 ---
10 Allen Richard E DIR Insight Enterprises NSIT B $169,939 10,000 5/7/12 $16.99 10,000 ---
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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 Oaktree Capital Gp DIR,BO Spirit Airlines SAVE JS* $81,538,736 3,622,334 5/7/12 $22.51 --- 9,394,927
2 Gehring Fred CEO,DIR PVH PVH AS $14,651,989 175,292 5/8/12 $81.26 --- 818,055
3 Weber Charlotte C DIR Campbell Soup CPB S $7,785,652 228,984 5/9/12 $34.00 --- 2,026,544
4 Colson John R CB,DIR Quanta Services PWR S $5,677,601 244,800 5/8/12 $23.36 1,141,876 ---
5 Foster Paul L CB,DIR,BO Western Refining WNR AS $5,298,425 300,000 5/8/12 $17.43 5,900,545 16,704,581
6 Levinson Arthur D DIR Apple AAPL AS $4,234,961 7,500 5/8/12 $571.36 176,812 ---
7 Singh Alok DIR Validus Holdings VR S $3,861,020 117,861 5/7/12 $32.76 --- 2,725,000
8 Sondey Brian CB,PR,CEO Tal International TAL S $3,821,706 100,000 5/9/12 $37.98 219,863 ---
9 Lowe Kenneth W CB,PR,CEO Scripps Networks SNI S $3,013,369 55,628 5/8/12 $54.17 294,969 ---
10 Foust Michael F CEO,DIR Digital Realty Trust DLR S $1,841,750 25,000 5/7/12 $73.67 74,547 ---
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Source: InsiderInsights.com | Key to Insider Title and Transaction Type Codes

Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.