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Top Insider Trades 4/17/14: SHLD, BKS, SHOS, RGDO

|Includes: BKS, Sears Holdings Corporation (SHLD), SHOS, TBRA

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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, April 17, 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
Tisch Thomas J DIR Sears SHLD B $15,940,000
Venrock Assoc V BO Cerulean Pharma CERU JB* $6,610,030
Lampert Edward S BO Sears Hometown SHOS B $3,579,160
Kierlin Robert A BO Regado Bio RGDO JB* $3,450,000
Winship Henry W DIR Esterline Tech ESL B $907,277
Marubeni DIR,BO Aircastle AYR B $554,232
Moore James D Jr DIR,BO Highlands Bank HBKA JB* $450,002
Ressler Antony P PR Ares Multi Str Cr Fd ARMF B $371,203
Goldstein Phillip DIR MVC Capital MVC B $222,980
Cascade Investment BO Wac Inf-linked Opp WIW B $216,815

Source: | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes

Insider Sales
Filer Name Insider Titles Company Name Ticker Trans
Dollar Value
Page Lawrence CEO,DIR,BO Google GOOG AS $67,889,218
Riggio Leonard CB,DIR,BO Barnes & Noble BKS JS* $64,010,000
Kellogg WK Fdn BO Kellogg K AS $16,437,850
Grant Hugh CB,CEO Monsanto MON AS $10,481,806
Barnes Michael CEO,DIR Signet Jewelers SIG S $4,981,486
Ebersman David CFO Facebook FB AS $4,860,175
Weiner Jeff CEO,DIR Linkedin LNKD AS $4,856,250
Sherman John J DIR,BO Crestwood Midstr CMLP AS $2,848,257
Schroepfer Michael CTO Facebook FB S $2,429,449
Sandberg Sheryl COO,DIR Facebook FB S $2,310,558

Source: | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes