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Top Insider Trades 11/25/13: JCP, ADC, EGHT, DWCH

|Includes:ADC, DWCH, EGHT, J.C. Penney Company Inc. (JCP)

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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, November 25, 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
Ullman Myron CEO,DIR J C Penney Co JCP B $1,002,400
Bird Jeffrey W DIR Horizon Pharma HZNP B $942,251
Rakolta John Jr DIR Agree Realty ADC JB* $596,000
Mariucci Anne L DIR Corrections Corp CXW B $425,036
Marubeni DIR,BO Aircastle AYR B $388,407
Verma Vikram CEO 8x8 EGHT B $237,325
Tutcher Dan C CEO,DIR Center Coast Mlp & Inf CEN B $216,710
Hogeg Moshe DIR Infinity Aug Reality ALSO B $203,500
Guidry Steven P CEO,DIR Vaalco Energy EGY B $203,112
Cox Christopher DIR Datawatch DWCH B $198,079
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Source: | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes

Insider Sales
Filer Name Insider Titles Company Name Ticker Trans
Dollar Value
Schmidt Eric E CB,DIR Google GOOG AS $47,815,498
Schambach Stephan DIR,BO Demandware DWRE JS* $27,217,500
Abs Capital Iv Trust BO Rosetta Stone RST JS* $17,175,000
Arora Nikesh VP Google GOOG AS $7,875,000
Tredwell Daniel P DIR Trimas TRS S $7,340,000
Lampert Edward S BO Autonation AN S $5,950,685
Mitchell David T CEO,CB,DIR Fabrinet FN S $5,926,056
Franklin Resources BO Dynegy DYN S $5,564,974
Venrock Assoc V BO Receptos RCPT S $5,512,500
Weisel Thomas W DIR Stifel Financial SF S $4,590,554
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Source: | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes