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Top Insider Trades 5/5/14: BTX, YUM, ANCX, VPRT

|Includes: ANCX, BioTime, Inc (BTX), CMPR, YUM

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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, May 5, 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
Broadwood Part DIR,BO Biotime BTX JB*,B $5,040,000
Linen Jonathan S DIR Yum Brands YUM B $761,176
Brickman Christian DIR Sally Beauty SBH B $505,400
Dundee Agricultural BO Urban Barns Foods URBF JB* $400,000
Jadlos James L DIR Access National ANCX B $292,200
Benne Jacob BO Urban Barns Foods URBF JB* $218,425
Frost Phillip Md CEO,CB,BO Opko Health OPK B $214,858
Gaines George DIR Cryo Cell Intl CCEL B $210,724
Olsen Eric C DIR Vistaprint VPRT B $158,265
Black Sherman L PR,CEO QUMU QUMU B $137,275

Source: | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes

Insider Sales
Filer Name Insider Titles Company Name Ticker Trans
Dollar Value
Gates William DIR Microsoft MSFT AS $138,948,176
Glenview Capital BO Flextronics Intl FLEX S $9,608,130
Miller Stuart A CEO,DIR,BO Lennar Corp LEN AS $3,936,667
Bush Wesley G CB,CEO,PR Northrop Grumman NOC AS $3,633,051
Souki Charif CB,CEO,PR Cheniere Energy LNG AS $1,701,000
Kuritzkes Andrew VP State Street STT AS $1,686,363
Colton William M VP Exxon Mobil XOM S $1,660,802
West Alfred P Jr BO Sei Inv SEIC S $1,521,390
Lloyd Anne H VP,CFO Martin Marietta MLM S $1,480,475
Phalen James S VCB State Street STT AS $1,262,810

Source: | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes