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Insiders buy their own companies for one reason: they are signaling that they have confidence in the company's future performance. This is especially true when they make large amount of purchases. Insiders, especially executives and directors of companies tend to know their company very well. Tracking their stock purchase activities is a very good point to start for lucrative returns.

This article analyzes insider purchase activities when they buy at least $1,000,000 worth of shares during the past week, filed at the Securities and Exchange Commission. I have written a short analysis of each company. However, these are not buying and selling recommendations. Of course, insiders could be wrong. It is nevertheless a good starting point to add those stocks to watch list.

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Granite City Food & Brewery Ltd. (OTCPK:GCFB) is a restaurant company. It has a market cap of $10.57 million. Its stock closed at $2.18 per share on Friday. Over the past week, Granite City Food & Brewery Ltd. has one insider who purchased a total of 3,125,000 shares at the total value of $6,500,000. The shares purchased account for 61.49% of the company's market cap. One concern is the company isn't profitable at this point. The recent trading volume is below average. What to do: I would not buy the stock at this point.

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Hampton Roads Bankshares Inc. (NASDAQ:HMPR) is a financial company, specifically in the industry of regional - mid-Atlantic banks. It has a market cap of $37.67 million. Its stock closed at $1.09 per share last Friday. Over the past week, Hampton Roads Bankshares has one insider who purchased a total of 33,710,394 shares at the total value of $23,597,275. The shares purchased account for 62.64% of the company's market cap. Its price shows near term weakness, close to 52-week low (only -0.91% higher). One concern is the company isn't profitable at this point. The recent trading volume is below average. To summarize: I do not see enough evidence for establishing a position.

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Isramco Inc. (NASDAQ:ISRL) is a basic materials company, specifically in the industry of independent oil & gas. It has a market cap of $298.87 million. Its stock closed at $110.00 per share last Friday. Over the past week, Isramco has one insider who purchased a total of 20,000 shares at the total value of $1,766,000. Its stock price is about 2.84% below its 52-week high, usually a positive technical indicator on the company. Recently, the stock is not traded actively. To conclude: I don't think the company's overall financial record to be very solid.

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Sonus Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:SONS) is a technology company, specifically in the industry of communication equipment. It has a market cap of $600.38 million. Its stock closed at $2.14 per share last Friday. Over the past week, Sonus Networks has one insider who purchased a total of 600,000 shares at the total value of $1,260,000. Its price is only around 8.63% off its 52-week low. While the stock appears it might have bottomed, investors should proceed with caution. One concern is the company isn't profitable at this point. The trading volume has been consolidating recently. What to do: I'd avoid this company at this price level.

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TCF Financial Corporation (NYSE:TCB) is a financial company, specifically in the industry of money center banks. It has a market cap of $1820.00 million. Its stock closed at $11.48 per share last Friday. Over the past week, TCF Financial has 11 insiders who purchased a total of 309,400 shares at the total value of $7,735,000. Multiple insider purchase occasions are usually a positive sign. I like TCF Financial's operating margin of 30.26%, a good sign for the company's financial health. Thinning trading volume suggests that trading interest in the company is waning. In summary: The company has a decent dividend payout that provides a minimum margin of safety. This is a relatively safe play.

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EXCO Resources Inc. (NYSE:XCO) is a basic materials company, specifically in the industry of independent oil & gas. It has a market cap of $1630.00 million. Its stock closed at $7.59 per share last Friday. Over the past week, EXCO Resources has 3 insiders who purchased a total of 689,268 shares at the total value of $4,528,488. Multiple insider purchase occasions are usually a positive sign. EXCO Resources Inc. has a very healthy operating margin of 37.57%. Recently, the stock is not traded actively. The conclusion: The company has a decent dividend payout that provides a minimum margin of safety. The company appears attractive.

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