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Top Insider Trades 10/25/13: HLX, RT, STI, RPRX

|Includes: Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc. (HLX), RPRX, RT, STI

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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 Friday, October 25, 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
Kratz Owen E PR,CEO,DIR Helix Energy HLX B $1,152,500
Ratcliffe David M DIR Suntrust Banks STI B $666,000
Makris George Jr CEO,DIR Simmons First Natl SFNC B $622,683
Prescott Capital BO China Marine CMFO B $146,031
Marchionne Sergio DIR Philip Morris Intl PM B $87,510
Podolski Joseph PR,CEO,DIR Repros Therap RPRX B $54,102
Mooney Beth E DIR At & T T B $34,740
Terry James W Jr DIR Synalloy SYNL B $31,492
Fulton Paul CB,DIR Bassett Furniture BSET B $29,741
Eberwein Jeffrey E DIR Crossroads Sys CRDS JB* $22,894

Source: | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes

Insider Sales
Filer Name Insider Titles Company Name Ticker Trans
Dollar Value
James Hamilton E PR,COO,DIR Blackstone BX S $88,611,096
Drapkin Matthew A DIR Ruby Tuesday RT S $8,617,364
O Shea Paul J VP,DIR Enstar ESGR AS $2,714,044
Ewing Anna M VP Nasdaq Omx NDAQ AS $1,725,500
Miau Matthew DIR Synnex SNX S $1,538,645
Cohen Jason I VP B & G Foods BGS S $1,520,233
Miller Lloyd I Iii DIR Stamps Com STMP S $1,480,368
Carges Mark T CTO,VP EBAY EBAY S $1,421,285
Dolby Dagmar BO Dolby Labs DLB AS $1,405,506
Moon Mark F VP,PR,SO,OO Motorola Solutions MSI S $1,269,575

Source: | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes