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Top Insider Trades 1/21/14: DDR, TSRE, TSRA, SANW

|Includes:DDR Corp. (DDR), SANW, TSRA, TSRE

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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 Tuesday, January 21, 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
Otto Alexander BO DDR DDR B $3,733,533
Levin David VCB,PR,DIR Trade St Residential TSRE JB* $1,047,792
Feld Peter A DIR Tessera Tech TSRA AB $889,590
Baumann Michael CB,CEO Trade St Residential TSRE JB* $764,449
Wickersham Grover DIR S & W Seed SANW B $560,000
Frost Phillip Md CEO,CB,BO Opko Health OPK B $276,303
Hein Leland J PR Fastenal FAST B $203,728
Heuvelen John Van DIR Orchid Island Capital ORC JB* $100,000
Cacciapaglia Donald CEO,TT Gugghm St Op Fd XGOFX JB* $99,922
Michelson Leslie D DIR Amer Rlty Cap ARCP B $93,341
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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
Energy Transfer LP BO Amerigas Partners APU JS* $352,080,000
Bergeron Douglas CEO,DIR Verifone Systems PAY S $50,344,460
Insight Venture BO Cvent CVT JS* $47,992,168
New Enterprise BO Cvent CVT JS* $40,206,908
Mastercard Fdn BO Mastercard MA S $22,210,948
Page Lawrence CEO,DIR,BO Google GOOG AS $19,237,048
Softbank America BO Utstarcom UTSI JS* $12,405,042
Grant Hugh CB,CEO Monsanto MON S $4,978,651
Basham Robert D BO Bloomin Brands BLMN S $1,813,096
Thorsen Steven L VP,SO Micron Technology MU S $1,380,900
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Source: | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes