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Top Insider Trades 2/25/14: ELNK, EIG, AYR, OPK

|Includes:AYR, EIG, EarthLink, Inc. (ELNK), OPK

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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 25, 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
Eazor Joseph F CEO,DIR Earthlink ELNK B $250,829
Marubeni DIR,BO Aircastle AYR B $236,410
Bkf Capital BO Qualstar QBAK B $228,855
Frost Phillip Md CEO,CB,BO Opko Health OPK B $134,410
Kroner James R DIR Employers EIG B $97,090
Vaule Rosamond DIR Brookline Bancorp BRKL B $89,600
Doughty Stephen O State Bank Finl STBZ JB* $84,450
Vogel Herbert S VP,TO SM Energy SM B $71,500
Saabneh Salah VP Altisource Resid RESI B $71,452
Stern William H DIR Ameris Bancorp ABCB B $60,840

Source: | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes

Insider Sales
Filer Name Insider Titles Company Name Ticker Trans
Dollar Value
Lampert Edward S BO Autonation AN S $95,971,346
Manoogian Richard DIR Masco MAS S $11,223,699
Crosslink Capital O Pandora Media P S $7,462,080
Blinn Mark A CEO,DIR Flowserve FLS S $7,073,962
Kispert John H CEO,DIR Spansion CODE AS $5,619,383
Henry Brian C VP,CFO CRAY CRAY S $4,337,203
Wilber Rick DIR Ultimate Software ULTI S $3,413,478
Pajonas Thomas L VP,COO Flowserve FLS S $3,252,452
Lindsay Ronald C COO Eastman Chemical EMN S $2,540,100
Carrion Richard L CB,CEO Popular BPOP S $2,515,439

Source: | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes