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Top Insider Trades 3/3/14: AGCO, UIHC, FSFR, RTRX

|Includes: AGCO Corporation (AGCO), OCSI, RTRX, UIHC

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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, March 3, 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
Srinivasan Mallika DIR AGCO AGCO AB $3,149,406
Tannenbaum L M CEO,DIR Fifth St Sr FR FSFR B $1,048,179
Shkreli Martin CEO,DIR,BO Retrophin RTRX B $804,397
Von Allmen D BO Liquid LIQD B $631,264
Goolsby Michelle P DIR Whitewave Foods WWAV B $288,300
State Auto Mut Ins BO State Auto Finl STFC B $265,102
Hood Iii William H DIR United Insurance UIHC JB* $250,000
Kamerschen Robert DIR MDC Partners MDCA B $249,920
Margino Alphonso REL,BO Nofire Technologies NFTI JB* $159,500
Davis Kern Michael BO United Insurance UIHC JB* $150,018

Source: | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes

Insider Sales
Filer Name Insider Titles Company Name Ticker Trans
Dollar Value
Arison Micky Meir CB,DIR,BO Carnival CCL JS* $197,500,000
Tmg Cooperatief DIR,BO Tornier TRNX JS* $97,067,504
Kriens Scott DIR Juniper Networks JNPR S $39,931,048
Steinhardt Michael DIR,BO Wisdomtree Inv WETF S $8,871,588
Sherwood Charles PR,CEO Anika Therapeutics ANIK S $8,340,000
Wexford Capital BO Diamondback Energy FANG S $7,407,847
General Atlantic BO Dice DHX S $4,494,000
Stone Roger W CB,CEO Kapstone Paper KS S $4,342,815
Keywell Bradley DIR Groupon GRPN AS $4,250,000
Cozadd Bruce C CB,CEO Jazz Pharm JAZZ S $3,959,000

Source: | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes