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Top Insider Trades 3/27/14: PDI, AYR, NES, RSE

|Includes:PIMCO Dynamic Income Fund (PDI), RSE

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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 Thursday, March 27, 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
Sanofi BO Alnylam Pharm ALNY B $23,036,682
Novartis Bioventures BO Akebia Therapeutics AKBA JB* $3,104,030
Aisling Capital Iii BO Versartis VSAR JB* $1,260,000
Advent Life Sci BO Versartis VSAR JB* $1,260,000
Gross William H O Pimco Dyn Inc Fd PDI B $935,387
Marubeni DIR,BO Aircastle AYR B $561,555
Johnsrud Mark D DIR,BO Nuverra Environ NES JB* $529,624
Frost Phillip Md CEO,CB,BO Opko Health OPK B $477,650
Lindsey Timothy R DIR Revett Mining RVM JB* $249,999
Silberfein Andrew CEO,DIR Rouse Properties RSE B $245,370

Source: | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes

Insider Sales
Filer Name Insider Titles Company Name Ticker Trans
Dollar Value
Farallon Capital BO Hudson Pacific HPP JS* $77,752,248
Schmidt Eric E CB,DIR Google GOOG AS $44,649,942
Gillings Dennis B CB,DIR,BO Quintiles Trans Q S $28,710,962
Gillings Mireille Phd DIR,BO Quintiles Trans Q S $28,710,962
Seale R H DIR,BO Q2 QTWO JS* $16,250,000
Schlessinger David CB,DIR Five Below FIVE AS $4,239,386
Bernick Brian DIR Therapeuticsmd TXMD S $2,821,274
Archer Timothy COO Lam Research LRCX AS $2,292,284
Chandler Richard E VP,LO Chicago Bridge CBI AS $1,763,684
Cheatwood Chris J VP Pioneer Nat Res PXD S $1,753,224

Source: | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes

Stocks: PDI, AYRC, RSE