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Top Insider Trades 1/28/14: FCSC, VRX, JNS, RT

|Includes:Fibrocell Science, Inc. (FCSC), JNS, RT, VRX

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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 28, 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
Kirk Randal J BO Fibrocell Science FCSC JB* $4,999,999
Frost Phillip Md CEO,CB,BO Opko Health OPK B $4,709,832
Gieselman Scott DIR Rice Energy RICE B $840,000
Marubeni DIR,BO Aircastle AYR B $560,646
Kornwasser Laizer VP,CB Valeant Pharm Intl VRX AB $335,128
Diermeier Jeffrey J DIR Janus Capital JNS B $300,056
Buettgen James J CEO,DIR Ruby Tuesday RT B $281,400
Landis Kevin M PR,DIR Firsthand Tech Val SVVC B $248,129
Feinberg Larry N BO Accelerate Diag AXDX B $213,378
Lundquist Nicholas VP Fastenal FAST B $179,160
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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
Brown Williamson BO Reynolds Amer RAI S $7,539,345
Narayen Shantanu CEO,DIR Adobe Systems ADBE AS $5,843,350
Thompson Matthew VP,OO Adobe Systems ADBE S $2,956,581
Dolby Dagmar BO Dolby Labs DLB AS $2,463,868
Wadhwani David VP Adobe Systems ADBE S $2,384,926
Sarver Robert G CB,CEO W Alliance Banc WAL S $2,379,020
Robb Karl PR,OO,VP,DIR Epam Systems EPAM AS $2,364,844
Chandna Asheem DIR Palo Alto Net PANW AS $1,599,239
Lewnes Ann VP,SO Adobe Systems ADBE S $1,457,082
O Shea Paul J VP,DIR Enstar ESGR AS $1,329,627
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Source: | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes

Stocks: FCSC, VRX, JNS, RT