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Top Insider Trades 7/22/13: JAKK, DMO, AWAY

|Includes: AWAY, DMO, JAKKS Pacific, Inc. (JAKK)

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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, July 22, 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
Soon Shiong P BO Jakks Pacific JAKK B $9,900,360
Shaw Douglas J PR,CEO,DIR Monotype Imaging TYPE OB $288,115
Hirschmann James CEO,PR WAM Def Op Fd DMO B $219,949
Hirschmann James CEO,PR WA Inc Fd PAI B $64,564
Hausman Marvin PR,DIR Entia Biosciences ERGO JB* $50,000
Spivey William DIR Cascade Microtech CSCD OB $50,000
Affeldt Kathleen J DIR Nci Building Sys NCS B $18,818
Kent Howard DIR Center Bancorp CNBC B $10,967
Ditto Douglas VP Utg UTGN B,JB* $10,216
Lesser David H CB,CEO,BO Power Reit PW B $5,130

Source: | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes

Insider Sales
Filer Name Insider Titles Company Name Ticker Trans
Dollar Value
Av Partners VIII BO Homeaway AWAY S $8,456,682
Kowlzan Mark W CEO,DIR Packaging Corp PKG S $4,428,560
Emmett Dan A CB,DIR Douglas Emmett DEI AS $3,698,135
Koch Jonathan DIR Ren Energy REGI AS $3,199,553
Dobkin Arkadiy CEO,PR,CB Epam Systems EPAM AS $3,019,943
Hagedorn Part BO Scotts Miracle Gro SMG S $2,177,906
Muse John R DIR Lin Tv TVL AS $2,101,355
Kratochvil Jim M CFO Berry Plastics BERY S $2,068,160
Lombardozzi Michael PR,CEO,LO Platinum Under PTP S $1,759,470
Perriello Iii Alexander E PR,CEO Realogy RLGY S $1,658,753

Source: | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes