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Top Insider Trades 4/1/13: WIN, ROST, APA, GCAP

|Includes:APA, GCAP, ROST, Windstream Holdings, Inc. (WIN)
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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, April 1, 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
Qatar Investment BO Tiffany TIF JB* $799,704
Beall Samuel E III DIR Windstream WIN B $240,297
Lawrence George D DIR Apache APA B $228,000
Master Global Assets BO Gain Capital GCAP B $192,566
Gonzalez Urien E DIR Paramount Gold PZG JB* $146,905
Frost Phillip MD CEO,CB,BO Opko Health OPK B $125,453
Rosen Marvin S DIR,BO Fusion Telecom FSNN JB* $125,000
Johnson Steven G PR,COO,DIR Careview Comms CRVW JB* $100,000
Pence Britt VP Vanguard Natl Res VNR JB* $79,463
Shaw Garland R VP,CT Ultra Petroleum UPL B $58,422

Source: | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes

Insider Sales
Filer Name Insider Titles Company Name Ticker Trans
Dollar Value
Wm Polk Carey BO W P Carey WPC JS* $39,999,956
Farrington Deborah DIR Netsuite N AS $3,810,190
Doyle J Patrick PR,CEO,DIR Dominos Pizza DPZ AS $2,999,257
Crosslink Capital O Pandora Media P S $1,050,000
Ring Timothy M CB,CEO,DIR Bard C R BCR AS $1,014,964
Orban George DIR Ross Stores ROST S $959,224
Greene Ronald G DIR Denbury Res DNR S $562,700
Cornelius Robert L VP Denbury Res DNR S $473,150
Stein Michael A DIR Apt Investment AIV S $458,084
Block Arthur R VP,GC,SEC Comcast CMCSA AS $442,088

Source: | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes