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Top Insider Trades 7/19/13: NAV, RH, ACCL, COTY

|Includes:ACCL, COTY, Navistar International Corporation (NAV), RH

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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, July 19, 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
Icahn Carl C BO Navistar Intl NAV B $27,806,760
Mount Kellett Cap BO GC Ultra Deep Rlty Tr GULTU B $14,090,000
Mottola Thomas D DIR Restoration Hardware RH JB* $7,000,000
RGM Capital BO Accelrys ACCL B $1,769,250
Par Investment BO Pozen POZN B $472,500
Vn Capital Mgt BO Breeze Eastern BZC B $319,630
Meson Capital CP BO Lucas Energy LEI JB* $250,000
George W Whitney FO,DIR,BO Royce Focus Trust FUND JB* $91,364
Kane Steve O Tcw Str Inc Fd TSI B $49,985
Dimitrov Ivelin M FO Fifth St Sr FR FSFR B $44,205

Source: | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes

Insider Sales
Filer Name Insider Titles Company Name Ticker Trans
Dollar Value
Friedman Gary G CB,CEO,BO Restoration Hardware RH S $18,666,690
Bloom Bradley M DIR COTY COTY JS* $16,061,482
Rhone Capital DIR,BO COTY COTY JS* $16,061,482
Berkshire Partners BO COTY COTY JS* $16,061,481
Alberini Carlos CEO,DIR,BO Restoration Hardware RH S $12,460,000
Empire Capital Mgt BO Sonus Networks SONS S $11,592,000
Dunaj Kenneth J COO Restoration Hardware RH S $7,672,420
Chaya Eri DIR Restoration Hardware RH S $4,299,330
Mastercard Foundation BO Mastercard MA S $3,814,623
Thompson James K CB,DIR Hunt J B Transport JBHT S $3,756,520

Source: | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes