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Top Insider Trades 10/25/12: NAV, DHR, CBRL, BLK

|Includes:BLK, CBRL, DHR, Navistar International Corporation (NAV)

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In a victory for common sense, the trading behavior of company executives, directors, and large shareholders in the stocks of firms they're registered "insiders" at have been proven profitable to monitor by both academic studies and (more importantly) the experience of professional investors.

Below are lists of the top 10 mainly open-market insider purchases and sales filed at the Securities and Exchange Commission Thursday, October 25, 2012 as ranked by dollar value.

Please note, however, that these are factual lists (with edits to remove some noise), not buy and sell recommendations. Dollar value is only one metric to assess the importance of an insider transaction, and, frankly, often not even the most important metric that determines if an insider transaction is significant.

We should also point out that we are presently in a slow filing time for insiders because many companies still have their trading windows closed to their executives until their June quarter earnings are released.

But at, we find new investment ideas just about every day using these and more intricate insider screens to determine where we should focus our subsequent fundamental and technical analysis. And while stocks don't (or 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.

So use these regular blog posts as the initial research tools they are meant to be, and click the links in the tables to analyze a company's or insider's full insider history. Also feel free to email with any questions on our proprietary insider data, and how it is best analyzed.

Insider Purchases
Filer Name Insider Titles Company Name Ticker Trans
Dollar Value
Icahn Carl C BO Navistar NAV B $29,900,006
Grosfeld James DIR Blackrock BLK B $20,431,894
EMC BO VMware VMW B $12,870,168
Artal International DIR,BO Lexicon Pharm LXRX JB* $6,750,000
Becker Steven R DIR Tuesday Morning TUES AB $2,864,500
Pendinas BO Bingo Com BNGOF JB* $450,000
Feinberg Larry N BO Hansen Medical HNSN B $296,500
Becker Drapkin Mgt BO Pixelworks PXLW B $222,885
Frost Phillip MD CEO,CB,BO Opko Health OPK B $191,234
Ballantyne Tad M DIR Life Partners LPHI B $182,659

Source: | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes

Insider Sales
Filer Name Insider Titles Company Name Ticker Trans
Dollar Value
Rales Steven M CB,DIR Danaher DHR JS* $755,550,016
Gates William H III DIR Microsoft MSFT AS $154,314,592
Woodhouse Michael DIR Cracker Barrel CBRL AS $2,525,952
Marriott Richard E BO Marriott Vacations VAC S $2,297,375
Sarver Robert Gary CB,CEO,DIR Western Alliance Banc WAL S $1,587,440
Kellogg W K Found BO Kellogg K AS $1,302,505
Fisch Robert PR,CEO,DIR Rue21 RUE AS $745,250
Credit Suisse Ag BO Walker & Dunlop WD AS $717,044
Eginton William D VP Ametek AME S $709,458
Clarke Charles J VCB Travelers Companies TRV S $683,183

Source: | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes