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Top Insider Trades 1/24/14: GULTU, KED, MVC, VIDE

|Includes: Kayne Anderson Energy Development (KED), MVC, VIDE

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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, January 24, 2014 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
Mount Kellett Cap BO GC Deep Rlty Tr GULTU B $2,111,200
Baker James C VP,DIR KA Energy Dev KED B $552,150
Knapp Robert C DIR MVC Capital MVC B $211,698
Frost Phillip Md CEO,CB,BO Opko Health OPK B $131,448
Howard Carolyn C DIR Video Display VIDE B $73,355
Honig Barry C DIR,BO Pershing Gold PGLC B $72,600
Beattie William G DIR General Electric GE B $50,940
Burns Gregory L DIR Pinnacle Financial PNFP B $28,545
Johnson Bruce F DIR Copytele COPY B $23,120
Whiteman Kim L VP,HR Schulman A SHLM B $17,294

Source: | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes

Insider Sales
Filer Name Insider Titles Company Name Ticker Trans
Dollar Value
Mastercard Fdn BO Mastercard MA S $33,314,420
Solomon Howard DIR Forest Laboratories FRX S $16,782,500
Soros Fund Mgt BO EXAR EXAR S $11,966,692
Kinderhook O Patient Safety PSTX S $6,505,981
Lowder Thomas H DIR Mid Amer Apt MAA AS,JS* $4,863,782
Stadium Capital BO Builders 1stSrce BLDR S $3,028,621
Dolby Dagmar BO Dolby Labs DLB AS $2,838,072
Lowder James K DIR Mid Amer Apt MAA AS $2,772,794
Ruud Alan J DIR CREE CREE AS $2,072,333
Jorden Thomas E CEO,PR,DIR Cimarex Energy XEC S $1,040,797

Source: | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes