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Insiders Trading FO, AEA, ZIOP, QLIK

By Jonathan Moreland, founder of Insider Insights 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 Tuesday, August 09, 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.

Fortune Brands (FO) Pershing Square Capital BO 3,648,512 $193,852,464
VMware (VMW) EMC Corp BO 741,900 $63,268,232
Leap Wireless (LEAP) Rachesky Mark H Md DIR,BO 4,150,000 $25,197,990
Nasdaq OMX Group (NDAQ) Investor Ab BO 200,000 $4,549,280
Ziopharm Oncology (ZIOP) Kirk Randal J DIR,BO 846,522 $4,042,234
Chesapeake Energy (CHK) Simpson Louis A DIR 100,000 $2,746,070
Fifth Street Finance (FSC) Tannenbaum Leonard M CEO,DIR 226,301 $2,014,323
Ares Capital (ARCC) Arougheti Michael J PR,DIR 100,000 $1,414,606
Quidel (QDEL) Schuler Jack W DIR 100,000 $1,401,134
Chiquita Brands (CQB) Aguirre Fernando CB,PR
133,000 $1,163,750
Advance America Cash Advance (AEA) Johnson George D Jr BO 600,000 $4,480,000
Riverbed Technology (RVBD) McCanne Steven CTO,DIR 100,000 $2,714,109
BPZ Resources (BPZ) Gray Gordon DIR 544,500 $1,384,687
Qlik Technologies (QLIK) Wahl Paul DIR 50,000 $1,338,605
Abbott Laboratories (ABT) Freyman Thomas C VP 20,000 $983,810
Acacia Research (ACTG) Ryan Paul R CB,CEO
25,000 $889,930
Peets Coffee & Tea (PEET) Valette Jean Michel DIR 12,500 $748,125
Logmein (LOGM) Simon Michael K CEO,PR
15,000 $474,346
Acacia Research (ACTG) Harris Robert L Ii PR,DIR 12,500 $444,965
Bridgepoint Education (BPI) McAuliffe Jane VP 20,000 $415,489

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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