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Top Insider Trades 3/4/14: GE, WES, TTS, UIHC

|Includes: General Electric Company (GE), TTS, UIHC, WES

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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 Tuesday, March 4, 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
Jefferies BO KCG KCG JB* $66,000,000
Anadarko Petroleum BO Western Gas WES JB* $18,750,022
Ubben Jeffrey W DIR,BO Willis WSH B $8,518,478
Immelt Jeffrey R CB,CEO General Electric GE B $2,642,431
Frost Gregory Ian VP Intrexon XON B $2,594,853
Kamin Peter H DIR Tile Shop TTS B $1,487,219
Poitevint Alec II DIR United Insurance UIHC JB* $1,000,008
Ferdinand Brian DIR,BO Liquid LIQD B $794,050
Woodward Peter H DIR Tss TSSI JB* $491,228
Souleles Thomas S DIR Packaging Corp PKG B $436,398

Source: | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes

Insider Sales
Filer Name Insider Titles Company Name Ticker Trans
Dollar Value
Onex BO Allison Trans ALSN JS* $419,318,752
Carlyle Mgt BO Allison Trans ALSN JS* $419,318,752
Duffield David A CEO,DIR,BO Workday WDAY AS $56,397,300
Lundgren Terry J CB,CEO,PR Macys M S $34,153,132
Serenity Inv BO KCG KCG JS* $33,000,000
Hoffman Reid DIR,BO Linkedin LNKD AS $17,038,786
Stoops Jeffrey CEO,PR,DIR SBA Comms SBAC S $9,558,601
Hower Robert DIR Channeladvisor ECOM S $9,451,703
Weiner Jeff CEO,DIR Linkedin LNKD AS $7,566,121
Battle A George DIR Workday WDAY AS $6,601,308

Source: | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes