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Top Insider Trades 1/10/14: LOV,THLD, NHF, MBRG

|Includes:Spark Networks, Inc (LOV), MBRG, NHF, THLD

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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 10, 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
Osmium Partners BO Spark Networks LOV B $616,738
Rice Gregory B BO Investview INVU JB* $558,598
Highland Capital O Nexpoint Cr St Fd NHF B $316,478
Sefcik Mark VP Actuant ATU B $251,510
Sokol David L BO Middleburg Finl MBRG B $166,403
Bowman Scott J DIR Amer Rlty Cap ARCP JB* $102,100
Frost Phillip Md CEO,CB,BO Opko Health OPK B $80,408
Frauendorfer Linda CFO,DIR Sigmatron Intl SGMA JB* $21,600
Buffone Carlo CFO Paramnt Gld & Silver PZG JB* $17,600
Dipp Michelle CEO,DIR,BO Ovascience OVAS AB $2,730
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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
Singleton Group BO Kemper KMPR S $8,688,250
Ait Holding Co BO Ultra Clean UCTT S $3,692,506
Fateh Hossein CEO,DIR Dupont Fabros DFT AS $3,611,695
Jaeger Wilfred E DIR Threshold Pharm THLD S $3,532,320
Hinckley Gregory K PR,DIR Mentor Graphics MENT S $2,316,483
Nada Hany DIR Glu Mobile GLUU AS $1,693,800
Kish William S A CTO,DIR Ruckus Wireless RKUS AS $1,553,934
Packer Nicholas A VP Enstar ESGR AS $1,440,257
Millennium Partners BO Liberator Medical LBMH S $1,304,567
O Shea Paul J VP,DIR Enstar ESGR AS $1,184,614
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Source: | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes