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Top Insider Trades 6/26/13: AAPL, SPW, EVOL, FANG

|Includes: Apple Inc. (AAPL), EVOL, FANG, SPXC

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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 Wednesday, June 26, 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
Relational Investors BO Spx SPW B $16,502,735
Dalal Street BO Horsehead Holding ZINC B $2,300,806
Holliday Marc CEO,DIR Sl Green Realty SLG JB* $233,962
Singer Karen BO Evolving Systems EVOL B $208,513
Calamos John P CEO,CB,CIO,DIR,BO Calamos Asset CLMS B $199,904
Frost Phillip Md CEO,CB,BO Opko Health OPK B $138,332
Humrichouse X G DIR Kohls KSS B $128,961
Levine Andrew S LO,GC Sl Green Realty SLG JB* $116,997
Eliasek M Grier COO,DIR Prospect Capital PSEC B $102,800
Wynnefld SmCap Val BO Ari Network Services ARIS B $85,811

Source: | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes

Insider Sales
Filer Name Insider Titles Company Name Ticker Trans
Dollar Value
Wexford Capital BO Diamondback Energy FANG JS* $135,048,592
Db Energy BO Diamondback Energy FANG JS* $127,170,056
Schmidt Eric E CB,DIR Google GOOG AS $76,479,619
Gulfport Energy DIR,BO Diamondback Energy FANG JS* $65,111,416
Sewell D Bruce VP,GC,SEC Apple AAPL AS $14,944,831
Williams Jeffrey E VP Apple AAPL AS $14,792,265
Brown Williamson BO Reynolds Amer RAI S $12,463,098
Tagliaferri Megan S BO Scripps Networks SNI S $7,291,218
Marcato Capital Mgt BO Cyrusone CONE S $7,265,510
Stuckert James W DIR Royal Gold RGLD S $5,925,769

Source: | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes