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Top Insider Trades 1/3/14: DDR, AXDX, SAEX, PGLC

|Includes:AXDX, DDR Corp. (DDR), PGLC, SAEX

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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, January 3, 2014 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 InsiderInsights.com, 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 support@insiderinsights.com with any questions on our proprietary insider data, and how it is best analyzed.

Insider Purchases
Filer Name Insider Titles Company Name Ticker Trans
Type
Dollar Value
Otto Alexander BO DDR DDR B $2,336,765
Feinberg Larry N BO Accelerate Diag AXDX B $1,033,656
Clch BO Saexploration SAEX B $494,309
Frost Phillip Md CEO,CB,BO Opko Health OPK B $431,521
Honig Barry C DIR,BO Pershing Gold PGLC B $352,675
Warshauer Myron C DIR Sp Plus SP B $300,179
Schreyer Leslie J BO Amtech Systems ASYS B $116,958
Flack Mitch O Tcw Str Inc Fd TSI B $99,050
Woodward Peter H DIR Tss TSSI JB* $80,000
Winemaster Gary DIR,BO Power Solutions PSIX B $69,290
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Source: InsiderInsights.com | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes

Insider Sales
Filer Name Insider Titles Company Name Ticker Trans
Type
Dollar Value
Schlosberg Hilton VCB,PR,DIR Monster Beverage MNST AS $13,480,042
Sacks Rodney C CB,CEO Monster Beverage MNST AS $13,478,290
Foster Paul L CB,DIR,BO Western Refining WNR AS $4,243,452
Jeffery Liberman A COO Entravision Comms EVC S,JS* $3,592,905
Foley William P II DIR Fidelity Natl Fin FNF S $3,525,005
Firestone James VP Xerox XRX AS $2,940,129
Rastetter William DIR Receptos RCPT S $1,987,954
Kramer Shlomo CEO,DIR,BO Imperva IMPV AS $1,932,400
Riccio Daniel J VP Apple AAPL AS $1,699,177
Enzor Gary CB,CEO Quality Distribution QLTY AS $1,682,500
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Source: InsiderInsights.com | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes

Stocks: DDR, AXDX, SAEX, PGLC