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Top Insider Trades 4/29/13: VMW, NS, FDO, ACC

|Includes: ACC, FDO, NS, VMware, Inc. (VMW)

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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, April 29, 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
EMC BO VMware VMW B $14,995,244
Greehey William E DIR Nustar Energy NS B $2,979,750
Greehey William E DIR,BO Nustar Gp NSH B $2,103,645
Frost Phillip Md CEO,CB,BO Opko Health OPK B $345,964
Dawson G Steven DIR Amer Campus Com ACC B $329,084
Van Oppen Peter DIR Level 3 Comms LVLT B $195,418
Von Schack W DIR Edwards Lifesciences EW B $129,900
Rose Nathaniel VP,CIO Hannon Armstrong HASI B $114,700
Darrell Bracken PR,CEO Logitech Intl Sa LOGI B $100,624
Jones Jeff C DIR Pacific Prem Banc PPBI B $97,619

Source: | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes

Insider Sales
Filer Name Insider Titles Company Name Ticker Trans
Dollar Value
Schmidt Eric E CB,DIR Google GOOG AS $84,364,377
Garden Edward P DIR Family Dollar FDO S $33,294,962
Maroone Michael E PR,COO,DIR Autonation AN S $11,142,568
Kelly John P DIR Crown Castle Intl CCI AS $3,900,000
Evnin Luke DIR Pacira Pharm PCRX AS $3,432,792
Lombardozzi Michael PR,CEO,LO Platinum Under PTP S $2,476,764
Cross Atlantic Cap BO Rubicon Tech RBCN AS $2,142,294
Aspe Pedro CB,DIR Evercore Partners EVR S $1,857,773
Wiedemann Bernd DIR Delphi Auto DLPH AS $1,799,721
Sodhani Arvind PR Intel INTC S $1,352,540

Source: | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes