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Top Insider Trades 5/28/14: EOX, FI, GLAD, ERII

|Includes: Emerald Oil, Inc. (EOX), ERII, FI, GLAD

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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 Wednesday, May 28, 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
Schiff Andrew N DIR,BO Agile Therapeutics AGRX B $7,999,998
White B Scott DIR,BO New Peoples Bk NWPP JB* $4,404,762
Edelman & Guill BO Emerald Oil EOX B $763,552
Mosing D Keith DIR,BO Frank S Intl FI AB $373,767
Marcotte Robert L PR Gladstone Capital GLAD B $201,664
Berrey M Michelle O Chimerix CMRX JB* $200,004
Trempont Dominique DIR Energy Recovery ERII B $187,402
State Auto Mut Ins BO State Auto Finl STFC B $185,330
Mario Ernest DIR Chimerix CMRX JB* $142,200
Jadlos James L DIR Access National ANCX B $140,526

Source: | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes

Insider Sales
Filer Name Insider Titles Company Name Ticker Trans
Dollar Value
Hercules Holding II BO HCA HCA JS* $1,468,820,864
TPG Advisors Iii BO Quintiles Trans Q JS* $165,116,512
Schmidt Eric E CB,DIR Google GOOG AS $51,329,060
Hammergren John H CB,CEO,DIR McKesson MCK AS $23,023,222
Usa Compression DIR,BO Usa Compression USAC JS* $18,671,232
Balmuth Michael VCB,CEO Ross Stores ROST AS $9,151,449
Hicks Thomas O DIR Carpenter Tech CRS S $9,030,698
Julian Paul C VP,PR McKesson MCK AS $7,718,330
Wicki Andreas DIR Pacira Pharm PCRX AS $5,018,750
White B Scott DIR,BO New Peoples Bk NWPP JS* $4,404,762

Source: | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes