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Top Insider Trades 1/23/14: GE, NHF, CELP, ODC

|Includes:CELP, General Electric Company (GE), NHF, ODC

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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 Thursday, January 23, 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
Blavatnik Len BO Ep Energy EPE B $66,544,760
Dondero James D O Nexpoint Cr St Fd NHF JB* $1,278,239
William Amelio J CEO,DIR Chc HELI B $500,000
Gisi Phil DIR Cypress Energy CELP JB* $400,000
Rohr James E DIR General Electric GE B $261,842
Bartolotta Peter COO Chc HELI B $250,000
Kalman Francis S DIR Chc HELI B $200,000
Frost Phillip Md CEO,CB,BO Opko Health OPK B $154,298
McNabb John T II DIR Cypress Energy CELP JB* $150,000
Washow Lawrence DIR Oil Dri Corp ODC B $70,044

Source: | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes

Insider Sales
Filer Name Insider Titles Company Name Ticker Trans
Dollar Value
Oepw BO Wright Medical WMGI S,JS* $91,982,700
Insight Venture BO Cvent CVT JS* $7,198,832
New Enterprise BO Cvent CVT JS* $6,030,989
Third Rock Vent BO Bluebird Bio BLUE S $5,977,500
Basham Robert D BO Bloomin Brands BLMN S $3,914,406
Dobmeier Eric COO Seattle Genetics SGEN AS $2,683,958
Franklin Resources BO Dynegy DYN S $2,147,018
Haddrill Richard M DIR Bally Technologies BYI AS $2,040,081
Citron Jeffrey A DIR,BO Vonage VG AS $1,652,297
Balakrishnan Balu PR,CEO Power Integrations POWI S $1,534,833

Source: | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes

Stocks: GE, NHF, CELP, ODC