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Top Insider Trades 4/14/14: CONN, SNTA, GMO, OPK

|Includes:Conn's, Inc. (CONN), GMO, MDGL, 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 Monday, April 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
Stephens W R Jr BO Conns CONN B $5,992,284
Kovner Bruce DIR,BO Synta Pharm SNTA B $5,012,500
Campbell Elizabeth BO Conns CONN B $4,188,343
Gross William H O Pimco Dyn Inc Fd PDI B $2,003,859
Gross William H O Pimco DC Inc Fd PCI B $1,466,162
Frost Phillip Md CEO,CB,BO Opko Health OPK B $558,741
Pecora John P BO Saexploration SAEX B $500,913
Hansen Bruce D CEO,DIR General Moly GMO B $128,406
Pennington Robert VP General Moly GMO B $96,570
Tidmarsh George F CEO,DIR,BO La Jolla Pharm LJPC JB* $76,240

Source: | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes

Insider Sales
Filer Name Insider Titles Company Name Ticker Trans
Dollar Value
Perkins Joe Bob CEO,DIR Targa Resources TRGP AS $2,591,352
Sherman John J DIR,BO Crestwood Midstream CMLP AS $2,075,310
Chandna Asheem DIR Palo Alto Net PANW AS $1,765,118
Donaker Geoffrey COO,DIR YELP YELP AS $1,744,826
Goldfarb Morris CEO,DIR,BO G III Apparel GIII S $1,499,802
Abraham Magid M CB Comscore SCOR S $1,201,791
Jacobson Mitchell DIR,BO MSC Industrial MSM S $1,124,625
Dailly Paul A VP Kosmos Energy KOS AS $1,075,289
Smith Clark C CEO,PR,DIR Buckeye Partners BPL AS $775,766
Call Gregory L VP,GC,SEC Encore Capital ECPG AS $714,532

Source: | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes