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Top Insider Trades 11/15/12: RSG, NLY, TUMI, JBHT

|Includes:JBHT, NLY, Republic Services, Inc. (RSG), TUMI

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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, November 15, 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
Cascade Investment BO Republic Services RSG B $218,166,800
Srinivasan Mallika DIR AGCO AGCO AB $21,815,387
Dai Ichi Life Ins BO Janus Capital JNS B $18,910,570
EMC BO VMware VMW B $7,995,876
Ronin Capital DIR Aware AWRE JB* $6,000,000
Keyes Kevin PR Annaly Capital Mgt NLY B $1,390,000
Becker Steven R DIR Tuesday Morning TUES B $1,193,824
Greehey William E DIR,BO Nustar Gp NSH B $866,748
Benanav Gary G DIR Barnes B B $719,240
Ntr Metals BO Dgse Companies DGSE B $569,097

Source: | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes

Insider Sales
Filer Name Insider Titles Company Name Ticker Trans
Dollar Value
Dhc BO TUMI TUMI JS* $237,923,072
Armstrong Wld Asbestos BO Armstrong Wld Ind AWI JS* $196,643,392
Mastercard Foundation BO Mastercard MA S $13,213,546
Garrison Earl Wayne DIR Hunt J B Transport JBHT S $5,980,630
Leven Michael A PR,CEO,DIR Las Vegas Sands LVS S $5,548,518
Stafford Susan Yang BO Aware AWRE JS* $4,073,196
McGill Stephen P CB,CEO AON AON S $3,989,078
Knopf Roger C DIR Pacific Cap Banc PCBC S $2,521,499
Camilleri Louis C CB,CEO,DIR Philip Morris Intl PM S $2,110,000
Gam Holding Ag BO Artio Global Inv ART S $1,793,750

Source: | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes