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Top Insider Trades 12/26/13: FB, THC, CFD, GLF

|Includes: CFD, Facebook (FB), GLF, THC

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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 Thursday, December 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
Glenview Capital BO Tenet Healthcare THC B $9,904,477
Fearon Richard E Jr DIR,BO Nutrastar Intl NUIN JB* $1,112,500
Adams William Iv VP Nuveen Commod Fd CFD B $281,909
Eberwein Jeffrey E DIR Crossroads Sys CRDS JB* $190,180
Frost Phillip Md CEO,CB,BO Opko Health OPK B $117,251
Kohlhagen Steven DIR Gulfmark Offshore GLF B $101,002
Conner Susan K CFO Daegis DAEG B $60,277
Hawk Don O Techtarget TTGT JB* $50,400
Bronson Steven N CEO,DIR,BO Bkf Capital BKFG JB* $39,879
Canty James E TT Clough Gl Eq Fd GLQ B $25,392

Source: | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes

Insider Sales
Filer Name Insider Titles Company Name Ticker Trans
Dollar Value
Zuckerberg Mark CB,CEO,BO Facebook FB JS* $2,276,317,440
Andreessen Marc DIR Facebook FB JS* $90,570,408
Blackstone BO Pinnacle Foods PF JS* $65,654,596
Souki Charif CB,CEO,PR Cheniere Energy LNG S $13,143,000
Goldfarb Morris CEO,DIR,BO G III Apparel GIII S $7,233,627
Brown Williamson BO Reynolds Amer RAI JS* $6,330,669
Cole Martin I CEO,TO Accenture ACN AS $2,702,324
Levchin Max R DIR,BO YELP YELP AS $2,377,957
Fradin Roger PR,CEO Honeywell Intl HON AS $2,250,000
Smith Robert E DIR,BO Sinclair Broadcast SBGI S $2,188,460

Source: | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes