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Top Insider Trades 6/2/14: TFM, NS, EOX, HCOM

|Includes:EOX, HCOM, NS, The Fresh Market (TFM)

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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, June 2, 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
Berry Ray D DIR Fresh Market TFM B $13,252,893
Moorin Jay BO Agile Therapeutics AGRX JB* $6,724,998
Greehey William DIR Nustar Energy NS B $4,904,108
Walvekar Vijay DIR Heritage Insurance HRTG JB* $1,899,700
Edelman & Guill BO Emerald Oil EOX B $822,566
Twin Haven Capital BO Hawaiian Telcom HCOM B $484,560
Semechkin Andrey CEO,DIR,BO Intl Stem Cell ISCO JB* $430,500
Olney Gary Patrick VP,COO Trw Automotive TRW B $430,486
Hulihee David C DIR Alexander & Baldwin ALEX B $397,274
Stapleton Craig R DIR Abercrombie & Fitch ANF B $373,000
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Source: | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes

Insider Sales
Filer Name Insider Titles Company Name Ticker Trans
Dollar Value
Fortress Investment BO Brookdale Sr Living BKD JS* $563,002,432
Duffield David A CB,DIR,BO Workday WDAY AS $41,348,096
Svlsf Iv BO Ophthotech OPHT S $38,201,619
Franklin Res BO Dynegy DYN S $8,680,213
Bohn Lawrence S DIR Demandware DWRE S $7,265,758
Kellogg WK Fdn BO Kellogg K AS $6,915,947
Fisher John J BO Gap GPS S $6,289,383
Gracias Antonio J DIR Tesla Motors TSLA AS $4,201,700
Interwest Partners IX BO Marketo MKTO S $3,006,776
Kestenbaum Alan CB,DIR,BO Gl Sp Metals GSM S $3,004,433
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Source: | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes

Stocks: TFM, NS, EOX, HCOM