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Top Insider Trades 11/29/13: AYR, BOLT, KTF, HH

|Includes:Aircastle Limited (AYR), BOLT, HH, KTF

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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, November 29, 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
Marubeni DIR,BO Aircastle AYR B $520,508
Cannell Capital BO Hooper Holmes HH JB*,B $165,586
Frost Phillip Md CEO,CB,BO Opko Health OPK B $112,396
Conlisk Kevin M DIR Bolt Technology BOLT B $100,000
Findlay Donald J DIR Enertopia ENRT JB* $85,000
Condon Philip G O Dws Muni Inc Tr KTF B $70,578
Jones Adrian M DIR Dollar General DG JB* $58,050
Bkf Capital BO Qualstar QBAK B $56,225
McGlinn John F COO,SEC,TR Capitala Finance CPTA B $49,275
McConahey Stephen DIR Guaranty Bancorp GBNK B $29,980

Source: | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes

Insider Sales
Filer Name Insider Titles Company Name Ticker Trans
Dollar Value
Valcon Acquisition BO Nielsen NLSN JS* $1,172,700,032
Green Equity Inv DIR Air Lease AL JS* $119,865,568
Bvf Partners LP BO Ligand Pharm LGND S $30,210,460
Tredwell Daniel P DIR Trimas TRS S $10,980,000
Saville Paul C CEO NVR NVR S $7,376,025
Lampert Edward S BO Autonation AN S $7,307,580
Becker Steven R DIR Tuesday Morning TUES S $5,626,528
Welsh Carson BO Select Medical SEM S $4,244,966
Dolby Dagmar BO Dolby Labs DLB AS $1,424,648
Stadium Capital DIR,BO Big 5 Sporting BGFV S $1,285,060

Source: | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes

Stocks: AYR, BOLT, KTF, HH