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Top Insider Trades 5/22/14: C, MAIN, CLR, RGS

|Includes: Citigroup Inc. (C), CLR, MAIN, RGS

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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, May 22, 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
Miller Lloyd I Iii BO Great American GAMR JB* $9,500,000
Hamm Harold CEO,CB,BO Continental Res CLR B $5,687,629
Beltzman Daniel DIR,BO Regis RGS B $1,528,766
Thompson William S DIR Citigroup C B,JB* $1,501,142
Rooney Patrick G CEO,DIR,BO Positron POSC JB* $1,018,000
Appling Michael Jr DIR Main Street Cap MAIN B $497,091
Gross William H O Pimco Mu Inc Fd PMF B $441,681
Global Gp PT,DIR Global Partners GLP B $392,304
Zoley George C CB,CEO GEO GEO B $383,639
Salcetti Robert A DIR Dynex Capital DX B $337,172

Source: | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes

Insider Sales
Filer Name Insider Titles Company Name Ticker Trans
Dollar Value
Rowan Marc J MD,DIR,BO Apollo Global APO AS $24,598,332
Lilly Endowment BO Lilly Eli LLY S $13,547,000
Whippoorwill Assoc BO Us Concrete USCR JS* $4,824,000
Soderlund Patrick VP Electronic Arts EA S $4,158,205
Sheffield Scott D CB,CEO Pioneer Nat Res PXD S $4,088,324
Hochschild Mining BO Gold Resource GORO JS* $3,901,650
Twomey Lori O Zulily ZU S $3,510,000
Cox Christopher K O Facebook FB AS $2,706,546
Mannelly Matthew CEO,DIR Prestige Brands PBH S $2,308,263
Gracias Antonio J DIR Tesla Motors TSLA AS $1,980,323

Source: | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes