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Top Insider Trades 4/4/13: BXC, PVH, APEI, MOS

|Includes: APEI, BlueLinx Holdings, Inc. (BXC), MOS, PVH

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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, April 4, 2013 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
Feinberg Stephen BO Bluelinx BXC JB* $23,601,004
Srinivasan Mallika DIR AGCO AGCO AB $23,378,428
Frost Phillip MD CEO,CB,BO Opko Health OPK B $1,089,197
Pennant Capital BO Universal Stainless USAP B $244,410
Koenig Emery N DIR Mosaic MOS B $116,440
Peppers Don DIR Cicero CICN JB* $50,000
Hsiao Jane Ph D VCB,CTO,BO Opko Health OPK B $34,950
Kummeth Charles DIR Sparton SPA B $26,680
Miller Bruce D DIR Cicero CICN JB* $25,000
Klapko Donald C PR,CEO,DIR Equal Energy EQU JB* $21,716

Source: | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes

Insider Sales
Filer Name Insider Titles Company Name Ticker Trans
Dollar Value
Morfit G Mason DIR Bard C R BCR S $14,554,429
Chirico Emanuel CB,CEO,DIR PVH PVH S $3,182,817
MSDC Mgt BO Journal Comms JRN S $2,783,018
Cole Lecil E CB,PR,CEO Calavo Growers CVGW S $2,497,808
Zelnick Strauss CB,CEO,DIR Take Two Int TTWO AS $2,133,925
Frazier Laura BO Brown Forman BFB JS* $2,104,545
Borel Daniel DIR Logitech Intl LOGI AS $2,062,000
Weglicki Timothy T DIR Amer Public Ed APEI S $1,482,767
Lamach Michael W PR,CEO,DIR Ingersoll Rand IR AS $1,250,788
Culligan Thomas M VP Raytheon RTN AS $1,153,496

Source: | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes