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Top Insider Trades 5/15/14: SGMS, SYMC, WFM, MGLN

|Includes:MGLN, Scientific Games Corp (SGMS), SYMC, WFM

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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 15, 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 InsiderInsights.com, 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 support@insiderinsights.com with any questions on our proprietary insider data, and how it is best analyzed.

Insider Purchases
Filer Name Insider Titles Company Name Ticker Trans
Type
Dollar Value
O Malley Thomas DIR Pbf Logistics PBFX JB* $11,000,003
Perelman Ronald O DIR,BO Scientific Games SGMS B $6,762,804
Delphi Mgt Partners BO Alder Biopharm ALDR B,JB* $3,500,000
Ventures West 8 BO Alder Biopharm ALDR JB* $2,500,000
Gross William H O Pimco DC Inc Fd PCI B $2,343,060
Nimbley Thomas J CEO,DIR Pbf Logistics PBFX JB* $2,300,000
Gross William H O Pimco Dyn Inc Fd PDI B $1,251,433
Leblanc Robert M DIR Magellan Health MGLN B $556,000
Tindell William A DIR Whole Foods WFM B $522,432
Brown Michael A Ca DIR Symantec SYMC B $422,784
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Source: InsiderInsights.com | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes

Insider Sales
Filer Name Insider Titles Company Name Ticker Trans
Type
Dollar Value
Perlman Richard E CB,DIR Examworks EXAM S $30,330,507
Price James K CEO,DIR Examworks EXAM S $26,321,174
Page Lawrence CEO,DIR,BO Google GOOG AS $17,764,274
Shutzer William A DIR Examworks EXAM S $15,328,514
Hbm Healthcare Inv BO Ophthotech OPHT JS* $14,875,000
Hochschild Mining BO Gold Resource GORO JS* $8,818,500
J A P Investment BO Eplus PLUS JS* $8,187,290
Luddy Frederic B DIR Servicenow NOW AS $7,204,605
Garrison Earl W DIR Hunt JB Trans JBHT S $6,887,101
Doerr L John DIR Google GOOG AS $4,481,305
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Source: InsiderInsights.com | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes

Stocks: SGMS, SYMC, WFM, MGLN