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Top Insider Trades 12/23/13: THC, EVEP, EOG, JBL

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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, December 23, 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
Type
Dollar Value
Glenview Capital BO Tenet Healthcare THC B $25,749,006
Walker John B CB,DIR Ev Energy Part EVEP B $4,812,000
Textor Donald F DIR Eog Resources EOG B $1,011,654
Marubeni DIR,BO Aircastle AYR B $563,577
Brooks Martha DIR Jabil Circuit JBL B $104,683
Call Pete DIR Seneca Foods SENEA JB* $101,120
Crain Bohn H CEO,DIR,BO Radiant Logistics RLGT JB* $100,000
Lees Robert B PR,CFO,CB Fonu2 FONU JB* $100,000
Vn Capital Mgt BO Breeze Eastern BZC B $64,207
Finke Thomas F CB,CEO Babson HY Fd BGH B $46,700

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

Insider Sales
Filer Name Insider Titles Company Name Ticker Trans
Type
Dollar Value
Silvester Dominic F CEO,DIR,BO Enstar ESGR JS* $45,000,060
Toll Robert I CB,DIR Toll Brothers TOL S $13,723,195
Gentle Meg VP,SO Cheniere Energy LNG S $9,880,728
Holliday Marc CEO,DIR Sl Green Realty SLG S $8,231,491
Mercer Michael E CFO Ev Energy Part EVEP S $4,812,000
Wexford Capital BO Diamondback Energy FANG S $3,771,252
Emmett Dan A CB,DIR Douglas Emmett DEI AS $3,246,106
Batra Rajiv VP Palo Alto Net PANW AS $2,875,000
Abiteboul Jean VP Cheniere Energy LNG S $2,518,170
Bonvanie Rene SO Palo Alto Net PANW AS $2,137,500

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