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Top Insider Trades 12/7/12: VPRT, PVH, MCF, HTA

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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 Friday, December 7, 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
Jandernoa Michael J DIR Perrigo PRGO B $31,016,360
Smith Thomas W BO Vistaprint VPRT B $3,160,331
Martin William C BO MRV Comms MRVC B $890,659
Juneau John B DIR Contango Oil & Gas MCF B $498,551
Churches Brady PR,CEO,DIR Tuesday Morning TUES B $291,684
Mathis Larry DIR Healthcare Trust HTA B $250,550
Wescombe Gary T DIR Healthcare Trust HTA B $202,000
Farallon Capital Mgt BO Trident Micro TRIDQ B $165,095
Frost Phillip MD CEO,CB,BO Opko Health OPK B $152,957
Groussman Mark CEO Am Strat Minerals ASMC JB* $150,000

Source: | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes

Insider Sales
Filer Name Insider Titles Company Name Ticker Trans
Dollar Value
Landau David A DIR PVH PVH S,JS* $233,556,816
Yudroff Royce DIR,BO Nexstar NXST JS* $70,670,400
P G Nicholas Trust M O Hyatt Hotels H JS* $58,024,928
Sandberg Sheryl COO,DIR Facebook FB AS $26,202,166
Jandernoa Michael J DIR Perrigo PRGO S $14,545,705
Mastercard Fdn BO Mastercard MA S $13,560,365
Holland James R Jr DIR Texas Cap Banc TCBI S $9,724,507
Mulcahy J Patrick DIR Energizer ENR S $7,916,000
Farnsworth James W O Cobalt Intl Energy CIE AS $4,478,450
Kierlin Robert A DIR Fastenal FAST S $4,170,660

Source: | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes