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Insiders Trading XCO, VTR, GEOY, REN

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 Wednesday, December 28, 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.

Exco Resources (XCO) WL Ross & Co BO 848,200 $8,227,990
Geoeye (GEOY) Feinberg Stephen BO 150,500 $3,302,853
Primus Guaranty (PRSG) Second Curve Capital BO 105,000 $441,000
Kronos Worldwide (KRO) Simmons Harold C CB,DIR
15,000 $266,250
Vantage Drilling (VTG) Su Hsin Chi BO 170,646 $202,898
Tejon Ranch (TRC) Towerview Llc BO 7,189 $175,162
Alleghany Corp (Y) Wong Raymond DIR 540 $153,620
Stone Harbor Emerging Markets Inc Fund (EDF) Craige James E VP 6,525 $138,727
Eagle Bancorp (EGBN) Gross Neal R DIR 8,106 $115,722
Opko Health (OPK) Frost Phillip Md CEO,CB
10,000 $48,490
Google (GOOG) Schmidt Eric E CB,DIR 44,554 $28,180,412
Ventas (VTR) Pasquale Douglas M DIR 58,750 $3,233,367
Resolute Energy (REN) Hicks Thomas O BO 278,014 $3,052,351
Kellogg (K) Kellogg WK Foundation BO 55,200 $2,802,167
Cheniere Energy (LNG) Souki Charif CB,CEO
300,000 $2,541,000
Lululemon Athletica (LULU) Wilson Dennis J DIR,BO 50,000 $2,390,303
Plains All American Pipeline (PAA) Moore Tim VP,SEC 15,000 $1,075,763
Sunrise Senior Living (SRZ) Klaassen Paul J DIR 131,600 $792,638
Cimarex Energy (XEC) Korus Paul VP,CFO 12,625 $780,856
White Mountains Insurance (WTM) Campbell Reid Tarlton MD 1,600 $721,536

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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