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Top Insider Trades 5/1/14: OCR, UA, MSFT, AFAM

|Includes:AFAM, MSFT, Omnicare Inc. (OCR), UAA

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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, May 1, 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
Stanhope Inv BO Platform Sp Prods PAH B $2,809,817
Sahney Nitin PR,COO Omnicare OCR B $1,169,800
Coates George J CEO,DIR,BO Coates Intl Ltd De COTE JB* $1,000,000
Swenson Nicholas DIR,BO Pro Dex PDEX JB* $602,739
North Tide Capital BO Almost Family AFAM B $387,791
Cabillot Raymond DIR,BO Pro Dex PDEX JB* $296,759
Frost Phillip Md CEO,CB,BO Opko Health OPK B $205,593
Murphy John R DIR O Reilly Automotive ORLY B $148,490
Zinn Raymond D CEO,PR,F,DIR,BO Micrel MCRL B $73,932
Highland Capital O Nexpoint Cr St Fd NHF B $58,163

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 $131,924,000
Schwab Charles CB,DIR,BO Schwab Charles SCHW S $39,797,062
Plank Kevin A CB,CEO,BO Under Armour UA AS $9,267,764
Carlino Peter M CEO,DIR,BO Gaming & Leisure GLPI S $5,554,845
Taranto Joseph V CB,DIR Everest Re RE S $5,252,505
Cocchiaro Richard VCB,DIR Kforce KFRC AS $4,280,876
Burns Ursula M CB,CEO Xerox XRX S $3,599,790
Burke Stephen B VP Comcast CMCSA S $2,587,100
Lamach Michael CB,CEO,DIR Ingersoll Rand IR AS $2,213,843
Sutter Howard W VCB,DIR Kforce KFRC AS $2,200,266

Source: | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes