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Insiders Trading CRI, SNIC, HAIN, MCF

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 Thursday, January 06, 2011 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.

Carters (CRI) Berkshire Partners BO 177,700 $5,095,032
Hain Celestial (HAIN) Icahn Carl C BO 54,500 $1,460,245
Arbinet (ARBX) Canton Holdings BO 24,253 $196,905
General American Investors (GAM) Neidich Daniel DIR 5,000 $135,204
Universal Insurance (UVE) Pietrangelo Michael DIR 25,000 $124,250
Stone Harbor Emerging Mkt Inc Fund (EDF) Flanagan Thomas K VP 4,000 $100,000
Universal American (UAM) Lamel Linda H DIR 4,000 $80,680
Wilhelmina Intl (WHLM) Esch Dieter DIR,BO 380,000 $54,261
Bitstream (BITS) Columbia Pacific Opp Fund LP BO 6,544 $47,147
Winmark (WINA) Murphy Steven PR 600 $20,100
MetroPCS Communications (PCS) Ta Associates DIR 269,100 $3,694,022
Sonic Solutions (SNIC) Doris Robert J DIR 139,000 $2,085,000
Sonic Solutions (SNIC) Sauer Mary C DIR 121,358 $1,820,370
Contango Oil & Gas (MCF) Peak Kenneth R CB,CEO
26,216 $1,517,521
Solera Holdings (SLH) Aquila Tony PR,CEO
27,628 $1,427,782
Cimarex Energy (XEC) Abbott Gary R VP 13,451 $1,237,492
LSB Industries (LXU) Brown Robert C Md DIR 48,442 $1,211,050
Exide Technologies (XIDE) Gendell Jeffrey L BO 115,000 $1,147,775
Arvinmeritor (ARM) McClure Charles G CB,CEO
49,657 $1,065,763
IXIA (XXIA) Addington Hills BO 55,000 $942,887

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 , 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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