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Top Insider Trades 3/6/14: SANW, CLNE, OPK, BAGL

|Includes: BAGL, CLNE, OPK, S&W Seed Co (SANW)

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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, March 6, 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
Bulldog Investors BO Firsthand Tech Val SVVC B $1,304,291
Springer Daniel D DIR YUME YUME B $670,870
Grasberger F N VP,CFO Harsco HSC B $553,811
Wickersham Grover DIR S & W Seed SANW B $329,000
Gromek Joseph R DIR TUMI TUMI B $226,923
Herrington John S DIR Clean Energy Fuels CLNE B $201,234
Frost Phillip Md CEO,CB,BO Opko Health OPK B $140,787
State Auto Mut Ins BO State Auto Finl STFC B $111,696
Taormina Vincent C DIR Clean Energy Fuels CLNE B $92,200
Heumann E Nelson DIR Einstein Noah Rest BAGL B $84,885

Source: | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes

Insider Sales
Filer Name Insider Titles Company Name Ticker Trans
Dollar Value
Evans Bruce R DIR Fleetcor Tech FLT JS* $268,715,616
Levy Anton J DIR Web Com WWWW S $27,575,982
Boyd Jeffery H DIR Priceline Com PCLN AS $13,492,477
Huntsman Jon M CB,DIR,BO Huntsman HUN S $12,263,107
Steinhardt Michael DIR,BO Wisdomtree Inv WETF S $10,960,143
Luddy Frederic B DIR Servicenow NOW AS $10,589,411
Logan Elizabeth A BO Scripps Networks SNI S $8,152,690
Scripps Marilyn J BO Scripps Networks SNI S $8,140,850
Wexford Capital BO Diamondback Energy FANG S $6,725,149
Green Stephen L CB,DIR Sl Green Realty SLG S $4,402,582

Source: | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes