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Top Insider Trades 5/30/13: BXMT, FES, COSH, LIOX

|Includes: Blackstone Mortgage Trust, Inc. (BXMT), FES, LIOX

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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, May 30, 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
Blackstone Iii BO Blackstone Mge Tr BXMT JB* $49,999,992
Silver Point Cap BO Cooper Standard COSH B $4,675,000
Schreiber John DIR Blackstone Mge Tr BXMT JB* $746,232
Nash Michael B DIR Blackstone Mge Tr BXMT JB* $746,232
Plavin Stephen D PR,CEO,DIR Blackstone Mge Tr BXMT JB* $500,004
Steel Excel BO Forbes Energy FES B $406,743
Frost Phillip Md CEO,CB,BO Opko Health OPK B $364,672
Mark Reuben DIR Cabelas CAB B $338,252
Huffines James R PR,COO,DIR Hilltop HTH B $306,624
Glenhill Advisors BO Lionbridge Tech LIOX B $260,451

Source: | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes

Insider Sales
Filer Name Insider Titles Company Name Ticker Trans
Dollar Value
CVR Energy DIR,BO CVR Partners UAN JS* $292,560,000
Schmidt Eric E CB,DIR Google GOOG AS $90,544,679
Gaiam DIR,BO Real Goods Solar RSOL S $16,579,667
Bewkes Jeffrey L CB,CEO,DIR Time Warner TWX S $12,190,713
Oak Hill Advisors BO Cooper Standard COSH S $8,817,222
Evnin Luke DIR Pacira Pharm PCRX AS $6,651,854
Gabelli Mario J DIR Gabelli Div & Inc GDV S $2,469,280
Hull Robert F Jr CFO Lowes Companies LOW S $2,425,720
Gardner R H DIR Pioneer Nat Res PXD S $2,143,461
Lorberbaum Mark BO Mohawk Industries MHK S $1,932,922

Source: | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes