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Top Insider Trades 2/24/14: KMI, KMP, LQDT, DWCH

|Includes:DWCH, Kinder Morgan, Inc. (KMI), KMP, LQDT

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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 Monday, February 24, 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
Kinder Richard D CB,CEO,BO Kinder Morgan KMI JB* $6,390,926
Talisman Rlty Cap BO Endeavour Intl END B $5,487,921
Mateus Tique J DIR Liquidity Services LQDT B $1,245,500
Hoffman Michael B DIR,BO Onconova ONTX JB* $1,215,276
Petratis David D CB,CEO,DIR Allegion ALLE B $1,003,350
Cox Christopher DIR Datawatch DWCH JB* $997,500
Williams Mark R DIR Hess HES B $980,220
Marubeni DIR,BO Aircastle AYR B $563,049
Kean Steven J PR,COO Kinder Morgan EP KMP B $498,272
Miller Lloyd I Iii BO Qualstar QBAK B $334,935
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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
Novo A S BO Inogen INGN JS* $9,180,960
Feld Peter A DIR Integrated Device IDTI S $8,216,212
Mitarotonda James DIR Jones JNY S $4,853,867
McParland Jeffrey PR,FO Targa Resources TRGP JS* $3,851,429
Emmett Dan A CB,DIR Douglas Emmett DEI AS $3,680,861
Levis William PR,COO Public Svc Ent PEG S $3,557,537
Gorman Stephen VP,COO Delta Air Lines DAL S $3,555,072
Cash Harvey B DIR Silicon Labs SLAB S $3,524,312
Ruud Alan J DIR CREE CREE AS $1,988,694
Wesley Charles VP,DIR Alliance Resource ARLP S $1,971,147
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Source: | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes