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Top Insider Trades 2/14/14: FLO, RHI, APU, MBRG

|Includes:APU, Flowers Foods, Inc. (FLO), MBRG, RHI

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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, February 14, 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
Berlin Max A DIR Talmer Bancorp TLMR JB* $999,700
Berwick Andrew DIR Half Robert Intl RHI B $793,092
Marubeni DIR,BO Aircastle AYR B $543,414
Sheridan Jerry E PR,CEO Amerigas Partners APU B $501,771
402 Capital BO Spark Networks LOV B $415,772
Shafer Thomas C VCB Talmer Bancorp TLMR JB* $250,900
Sokol David L BO Middleburg Finl MBRG B $184,832
Expert Venture BO Deyu Agriculture DEYU JB* $171,573
Deese George E CB,DIR Flowers Foods FLO B $147,785
Peiros Larry DIR Annies BNNY B $88,743
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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
Td Luxembourg Intl BO Td Ameritrade AMTD JS* $128,200,000
Gates William DIR Microsoft MSFT AS $61,228,192
Ross Wilbur L Jr DIR,BO Talmer Bancorp TLMR JS* $46,995,844
Mastercard Fdn BO Mastercard MA S $30,867,602
Becker Steven R DIR Tuesday Morning TUES S $12,742,102
Feld Peter A DIR Integrated Device IDTI S $7,903,773
Brown Donald E CB,CEO,BO Interactive Intel ININ S $7,351,519
Batra Rajiv VP Palo Alto Net PANW AS $7,255,140
Lefkofsky Eric P CEO,DIR,BO Groupon GRPN AS $4,805,077
Wright Kelly VP,SO Tableau Software DATA AS $3,990,271
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Source: | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes