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Top Insider Trades 7/24/13: ACRX, EBay, RLGY, BERY

|Includes:AcelRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (ACRX), BERY, EBAY, RLGY

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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 Wednesday, July 24, 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
Perceptive Advisors BO Acelrx Pharm ACRX JB* $9,902,500
Crane David W PR,CEO,CB Nrg Yield NYLD JB* $588,500
Mitic Kathleen C DIR EBAY EBAY B $258,050
Chlebowski John DIR Nrg Yield NYLD JB* $220,000
Gamco Investors BO Fisher Comms FSCI B $172,830
Desroches Michel BO Global Immune GIMU JB* $54,822
George W Whitney FO,DIR,BO Royce Focus Tr FUND JB* $48,180
Johnson Robert L CB,DIR,BO Rlj Entertainment RLJE B $36,446
Eberwein Jeffrey E DIR Digirad DRAD AB $27,039
Aldrich Richard DIR,BO Verastem VSTM AB $16,390

Source: | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes

Insider Sales
Filer Name Insider Titles Company Name Ticker Trans
Dollar Value
Apollo Mgt Gp BO Realogy RLGY JS* $1,195,199,616
Apollo Mgt Gp BO Berry Plastics BERY JS* $329,865,536
Hoffman Reid DIR,BO Linkedin LNKD AS $16,402,975
Weiner Jeff CEO,DIR Linkedin LNKD AS $7,282,532
Brown Williamson BO Reynolds Amer RAI S $6,020,670
Mastercard Fdn BO Mastercard MA S $3,829,228
Sarver Robert G CB,CEO,DIR W Alliance Banc WAL S $2,747,163
Lesar David J CB,PR,CEO Halliburton HAL AS $2,487,241
Wolfson Jonathan CEO,DIR Solazyme SZYM AS $1,750,418
Dobkin Arkadiy CEO,PR,CB Epam Systems EPAM AS $1,617,477

Source: | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes