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Top Insider Trades 12/3/12: AMZN. AEGR, IGT, COSH

|Includes: International Game Technology (IGT)

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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, December 3, 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
Dai Ichi Life Ins BO Janus Capital JNS B $19,930,568
Srinivasan Mallika DIR AGCO AGCO AB $4,936,970
Perceptive Advisors BO Aegerion Pharm AEGR B $3,868,300
Fpr Partners BO Viasat VSAT B $3,568,766
Hughes Jeffrey DIR Cys Investments CYS B $926,314
Fouch Robert J VP,CT Alliance Resource ARLP B $455,959
Lawrie John M DIR Juniper Networks JNPR B $299,970
Roberson David E DIR Intl Game Tech IGT B $167,280
Tamer Ford PR,CEO Inphi IPHI B $156,144
Lovoi John BO Evolution Petroleum EPM B $143,246

Source: | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes

Insider Sales
Filer Name Insider Titles Company Name Ticker Trans
Dollar Value
Buck BO Dollar General DG AS $470,427,936
Bezos Jeffrey P CB,CEO,BO Amazon Com AMZN AS $197,543,984
Jones Adrian M DIR Dollar General DG AS $101,946,248
Lewis Peter B CB,DIR Progressive PGR S $30,420,938
Clarke Ronald CEO,PR,DIR Fleetcor Tech FLT JS* $25,955,000
Oak Hill Advisors BO Cooper Standard COSH S $18,112,500
Doerr L John DIR Google GOOG AS $13,333,899
Schottenstein Jay L CB,DIR,BO DSW DSW S $12,498,802
Summit Partners PT,BO Ubiquiti Networks UBNT S $11,550,000
Hagedorn Partnership BO Scotts Miracle Gro SMG S $8,582,157

Source: | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes