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Top Insider Trades 11/30/12: GS, UTI, JDAS, EPIQ

|Includes: EPIQ, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS), JDAS, UTI

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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 Friday, November 30, 2012 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
Stadium Capital BO Universal Tech Inst UTI B $3,286,960
Srinivasan Mallika DIR AGCO AGCO AB $799,356
Cisne Richard L DIR Bank Of The Ozarks OZRK B $351,473
Leventhal Mark S DIR Prophase Labs PRPH B $231,486
Olofson Tom W CB,CEO,BO Epiq Systems EPIQ B $227,400
Hill William T Jr DIR Hilltop HTH B $225,068
Miller Ken DIR Loews L B $204,950
Feinberg Larry N BO Hansen Medical HNSN B,JB* $146,741
Frost Phillip MD CEO,CB,BO Opko Health OPK B $133,888
White Thomas M DIR Quality Distribution QLTY B $123,484

Source: | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes

Insider Sales
Filer Name Insider Titles Company Name Ticker Trans
Dollar Value
Oaktree Opp Inv DIR,BO Charter Comms CHTR S $92,318,472
Murray Stephen P DIR Warner Chilcott WCRX JS* $74,069,360
Viniar David A VP,CFO Goldman Sachs GS S $11,877,160
Armstrong James D DIR Jda Software JDAS S $11,028,858
Shuman Stanley S O News NWS JS*,S $9,733,929
Mastercard Foundation BO Mastercard MA S $9,213,740
Nasiri Steven Saeed DIR,BO Invensense INVN S $6,426,728
Wexford Capital BO Epl Oil & Gas EPL S $4,295,528
Kellogg W K Foundation BO Kellogg K S $4,003,164
Ramsey Craig DIR Salesforce Com CRM S $3,943,225

Source: | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes