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Top Insider Trades 3/18/13: LHCG, KOS, CQB, JMP

|Includes:CQB, JMP, KOS, LHC Group (LHCG)

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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 Monday, March 18, 2013 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
Coliseum Capital DIR,BO Lhc LHCG B $576,044
Crawford Edward F CEO,CB,BO Park Ohio PKOH B $558,773
Hodge Ronald C DIR Park City PCYG B $500,000
Lonergan Edward F PR,CEO,DIR Chiquita Brands CQB B $367,284
Montgomery Michael DIR Synacor SYNC B $120,800
Karmin Kenneth M DIR JMP JMP B $110,535
Dolan Scott J PR,CEO,DIR Castle A M CAS B $103,080
Bank Of America BO,DIR Hertz Global HTZ B $93,022
Barer Sol J DIR Amicus Therap FOLD B $85,000
Wescoat Kyle B VP,CFO Skullcandy SKUL B $78,750

Source: | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes

Insider Sales
Filer Name Insider Titles Company Name Ticker Trans
Dollar Value
Warburg Pincus DIR,BO Kosmos Energy KOS JS* $74,682,028
Hoffman Reid DIR,BO Linkedin LNKD AS $14,487,454
Wish Barry N DIR Ocwen Financial OCN S $12,108,968
Mastercard Fdn BO Mastercard MA S $8,658,572
Weiner Jeff CEO,DIR Linkedin LNKD AS $6,432,504
Wexford Capital BO Epl Oil & Gas EPL S $6,292,791
Madden Steven BO Steven Madden SHOO S $4,473,000
Hay Lewis III CB,DIR Nextera Energy NEE AS $4,461,960
Scharlau Charles DIR Southwest Energy SWN S $4,162,018
Thaman Michael CB,PR,CEO Owens Corning OC S $4,083,000

Source: | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes