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Top Insider Trades: KYE, HK, KMI, GTN

Stocks in this article: KYE HK KMI GTN

By Jonathan Moreland, founder of Insider Insights and author of Profit From Legal Insider Trading.

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- It is a victory for common sense. Tracking the trading behavior of company executives, directors and large shareholders in the stocks of firms they're registered in as "insiders" has proven to be profitable, according to 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, Aug. 12, 2013, as ranked by dollar value. Please note, however, that these are only factual lists, 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.

At InsiderInsights.com, 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 Top Insider Trades columns 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 contact us with any questions on our proprietary insider data, and how it is best analyzed.

KA Energy (KYE) Mass Mutual Life BO 34,800,000 34,800,000
Halcon (HK) Canada Pension BO 5,185,553 26,446,320
Kinder Mo (KMI) Sarofim Fayez DIR 400,000 15,071,889
Gray TV (GTN) Robinson J Mack BO 492,212 3,937,696
Ziprealty (ZIPR) Osmium Partners BO 200,540 800,468
Fifth St (FSFR) Tannenbaum L M CEO,DIR 49,442 681,161
Achillion (ACHN) Qvt Assoc Gp BO 102,282 655,529
Oneok (OKS) Gibson John William CEO,DIR 12,180 603,502
Valeant (VRX) Stolz Brian M VP 4,500 453,197
Oncothyreon (ONTY) Bvf Partners L P Il BO 258,361 426,166
Source: Insider Insights
YELP (YELP) Deer Vi & Co DIR 1,739,625 89,764,800
YELP (YELP) Elevation Partners BO 554,457 28,655,785
Autonation (AN) Lampert Edward S BO 531,670 25,890,797
Google (GOOG) Page Lawrence CEO,DIR,BO 20,833 18,436,706
Liberty (LINTA) Malone John C CB,DIR,BO 398,000 13,053,763
Lin Media (LIN) Muse John R DIR 761,897 10,952,992
Molina (MOH) Dentino William TT 192,574 7,083,342
Nic (EGOV) Hartley Ross C DIR 286,097 6,555,509
Brn Forman (BFB) Frazier Laura BO 70,000 5,076,869
Starz (STRZA) Malone John C BO 204,000 4,969,109
Source: Insider Insights

Key to Titles: A=Assistant, AI=Affiliated Investor, AO=Accounting Officer, BD=Business Development, BO=Beneficial Owner, CAO=Chief Accounting Officer, CB=Chairman, CCO=Chief Compliance Officer, CEO=Chief Executive Officer, CFO=Chief Financial Officer, CIO=Chief Information Officer, CO=Compliance Officer, COO=Chief Operating Officer, CT=Controller, CTO=Chief Technology Officer, DIR=Director, EVP=Executive Vice President, F=Founder, FO=Financial Officer, GC=General Counsel, HR=Human Resources, IO=Information Officer, IR=Investor Relations, LO=Legal Officer, MD=Managing Director, O=Officer, OO=Operating Officer, PR=President, PT=Partner, REL=Relative of an insider, SEC=Secretary, SH=Shareholder, SO=Sales Officer, TO=Technology Officer, TR=Treasurer, TT=Trustee, VCB=Vice Chairman, VP=Vice President, X=Ex Officer or other title displayed.

Jonathan Moreland is the founder of InsiderInsights.com, which produces a weekly newsletter and offers professional screening and alerting tools to analyze a proprietary, real-time insider data feed. He is also the principal of Insider Asset Management, a registered investment advisor in New York. Mr. Moreland has been analyzing insider data professionally for two decades and has been a contributor to TheStreet.com since 2001. A fundamental analyst with an MBA in finance, Mr. Moreland long ago identified insider data as an excellent first screen to determine where to focus his research efforts. He is quoted frequently in the media for his insider analysis and stock recommendations stemming from it. He is also author of Profit From Legal Insider Trading.

Under no circumstances does the information in this column represent a recommendation to buy or sell stocks. While he cannot provide investment advice or recommendations, Moreland appreciates your feedback; click here to send him an email.

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