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Top Insider Trades 1/6/14: USAK, PANW, ARCP, CODI

|Includes:CODI, PANW, USA Truck, Inc. (USAK), VER

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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, January 6, 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, 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
Fountainhead Cap BO Vycor Medical VYCO JB* $1,426,541
Marubeni DIR,BO Aircastle AYR B $1,129,269
Mount Kellett Cap BO GC Deep Rlty Tr GULTU B $1,060,000
Stone Hse Cap BO Usa Truck USAK B $644,095
Bowman Scott J DIR Amer Rlty Cap ARCP B $127,500
Pickup Todd M BO Impac Mortgage IMH B $127,345
Day C Sean O Compass Diversified CODI B $76,717
Ainsworth Anne M CEO,DIR Oiltanking Partners OILT AB $62,368
Burns Gordon M O Compass Diversified CODI B $56,789
Lazarus Mark H O Compass Diversified CODI B $56,789

Source: | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes

Insider Sales
Filer Name Insider Titles Company Name Ticker Trans
Dollar Value
Hoffman Reid DIR,BO Linkedin LNKD AS $17,397,038
Weiner Jeff CEO,DIR Linkedin LNKD AS $7,710,316
Zuk Nir CTO,DIR Palo Alto Net PANW AS $6,101,905
Ortenzio Robert A CB,F,DIR Select Medical SEM AS $4,901,705
Whitcup Scott M VP Allergan AGN AS $3,590,400
Wang Feng Ming CEO,DIR Ambarella AMBA AS $3,483,483
Batra Rajiv VP Palo Alto Net PANW AS $3,034,755
Topfer Morton L DIR Measurement Spec MEAS AS $2,325,192
Kohn Leslie CTO,DIR Ambarella AMBA AS $2,311,329
Hagedorn Part BO Scotts Miracle Gro SMG S $2,236,288

Source: | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes