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Top Insider Trades 7/16/13: THLD, FUND, OPK, FSFR

Jul. 17, 2013 9:19 AM ETMTEM, FUND, OPK
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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 Tuesday, July 16, 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 InsiderInsights.com, 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 support@insiderinsights.com 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
Domain Partners BO Ocera Therapeutics TZYM JB* $2,000,000
Dyne Mark DIR,BO Talon Intl TALN JB* $750,000
Tannenbaum L M CEO,DIR Fifth St Sr FR FSFR B $662,204
Frost Phillip Md CEO,CB,BO Opko Health OPK B $266,628
George W Whitney FO,DIR,BO Royce Focus Trust FUND JB* $99,450
Ordway Ronald BO Mdu Comms MDTV B $80,178
Spalding Thomas VP Nuveen PP Muni Fd NPP B $68,950
Brown George G VP,DIR Brown Forman BFB JB* $68,252
Crum John A CB,PR,CEO Midstates Petroleum MPO AB $60,500
Eberwein Jeffrey E DIR Digirad DRAD AB $36,583

Source: InsiderInsights.com | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes

Insider Sales
Filer Name Insider Titles Company Name Ticker Trans
Dollar Value
Brown Williamson BO Reynolds Amer RAI JS* $6,541,292
Dobkin Arkadiy CEO,PR,CB Epam Systems EPAM AS $3,732,888
Jaeger Wilfred E DIR Threshold Pharm THLD S $1,781,685
Hagedorn Part BO Scotts Miracle Gro SMG S $1,306,689
Berman Steven L CEO,DIR,BO Dorman Products DORM AS $1,296,160
Covert Geoffrey J VP Kroger KR S $1,281,630
Muse John R DIR Lin Tv TVL AS $1,271,216
Adams Timothy M CFO,VP Athenahealth ATHN AS $1,061,400
Hicks Muse Eq Fd BO Lin Tv TVL AS $992,391
Wang Feng Ming PR,CEO,DIR Ambarella AMBA AS $972,695

Source: InsiderInsights.com | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes

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