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Top Insider Trades 2/18/14: LQDT, HERO, CVX, FLO

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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, February 18, 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
Ebrahimi Farhad F BO Royal HI Orchards NNUTU JB* $7,602,315
Mateus Tique J DIR Liquidity Services LQDT B $740,443
Blank Barry W DIR Royal HI Orchards NNUTU JB* $718,248
Marubeni DIR,BO Aircastle AYR B $546,531
Holt Victoria M CEO,DIR Proto Labs PRLB B $251,638
Webster Steven A DIR Hercules Offshore HERO B $229,463
Denham Robert E DIR Chevron CVX B $226,817
McMullian Amos R CB,DIR Flowers Foods FLO B $197,753
Frost Phillip Md CEO,CB,BO Opko Health OPK B $177,375
Grebow Edward DIR Diamond Offshore DO B $139,560
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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
Gates William DIR Microsoft MSFT AS $268,110,208
TPG Group BO Lpl Financial LPLA JS* $198,799,952
Golub Lawrence E CB,DIR Golub Capital GBDC JS* $20,899,696
Page Lawrence CEO,DIR,BO Google GOOG AS $20,006,900
Crosslink Capital O Pandora Media P S $17,936,050
Doerr L John DIR Google GOOG AS $14,167,967
Hurwitz Edward DIR Macrogenics MGNX S $11,260,724
Ross Wilbur L Jr DIR Bankunited BKU JS* $9,954,020
Oronsky Arnold L DIR Macrogenics MGNX S $7,300,000
Macdonald J Randall DIR Delphi Auto DLPH S $4,483,010
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Source: | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes