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Chairman Buys $1.4M Worth of Valhi

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

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Which insiders are selling and buying chunks of stocks?

Below are lists of the top 10 open-market insider purchases and sales filed at the Securities and Exchange Commission Wednesday as ranked by dollar value. Company executives and directors are in the best position to assess the attractiveness of their firms' shares, and here is how many of them are voting their wallets! Please note, however, that these are factual lists, not buy and sell recommendations. Dollar value is only one metric to assess the importance of an insider transaction.
Spectrum Brands Holdings (SPB) Harbinger Capital Master Fund I Ltd BO 110,000 $2,785,388
Valhi (VHI) Simmons Harold C CB,DIR,
120,801 $1,394,353
Agilysys (AGYS) Mak Capital One LLC BO 98,233 $704,189
Benihana (BNHNA) Coliseum Capital Mgt BO 66,522 $335,586
SL Industries (SLI) Steel Partners II LP BO 16,090 $189,651
China Marine Food Group (CMFO) Mccarthy Kent C BO,BO 40,000 $160,845
General Steel Holdings (GSI) Yu Zuo Sheng CB,CEO,
50,000 $122,935
MFRI (MFRI) Bennett Michael D CFO,VP 17,400 $106,957
NL Industries (NL) Simmons Harold C CB,CEO,
13,700 $87,654
Merge Healthcare (MRGE) Merrick Ris LLC BO 20,000 $59,434
Dolby Laboratories (DLB) Dolby Ray DIR,BO 20,000 $1,270,667
Salesforce.Com (CRM) Benioff Marc CB,CEO,
10,000 $903,575
Advanced Energy Ind (AEIS) Schatz Douglas S Schatz Jill E Family BO 60,782 $753,669
Boston Scientific (BSX) Abele John E DIR 75,000 $456,180
Venoco (VQ) Marquez Timothy CEO,DIR,
18,750 $326,390
Nelnet (NNI) Muhleisen Angie BO 16,500 $304,484
Del Monte Foods (DLM) Lommerin Nils COO 20,980 $301,902
Superior Well Services (SWSI) Reese Rhys R VP,SEC,
15,000 $254,342
Fresh Del Monte Produce (FDP) Abu Ghazaleh Maha BO 10,000 $210,912
Opentable (OPEN) Brown Joel T VP,OO 4,500 $189,000

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, 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 , 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 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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