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Insiders Trading VRNM, NLSN, GTY, GOOG

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 mainly open-market insider purchases and sales filed at the Securities and Exchange Commission Wednesday, March 28, 2012 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.

Verenium (VRNM) Marxe Austin W & Greenhouse David M BO 389,528 $1,486,086
Sanfilippo John B & Son (JBSS) Sanfilippo Jasper B DIR,BO 36,163 $402,856
Sanfilippo John B & Son (JBSS) Sanfilippo John E BO 28,152 $313,613
First Opportunity Fund (FOFI) Lola Brown Trust BO 31,001 $215,547
Getty Realty (GTY) Montag Richard E DIR 10,000 $149,900
Opko Health (OPK) Frost Phillip Md CEO,CB
15,000 $72,050
First Century Bankshares (FCBS) Shott Michael R DIR 5,000 $64,800
Nike (NKE) Lechleiter John C DIR 500 $54,205
Surrey Bancorp (SRYB) Wright C Hylton CB,DIR
4,168 $39,471
Biomimetic Therapeutics (BMTI) Lynch Samuel Eugene PR,CEO
13,150 $30,903
Nielsen Holdings NV (NLSN) Valcon Acquisition BO 34,480,048 $1,003,907,200
Nielsen Holdings NV (NLSN) Thomas H Lee Advisors BO 15,861,756 $461,830,880
Google (GOOG) Schmidt Eric E CB,DIR 53,193 $34,340,799
Accenture Plc (ACN) Green William D CB,DIR 130,000 $8,480,290
Dollar Tree (DLTR) Sasser Bob CEO,DIR 63,634 $6,092,249
Toll Brothers (TOL) Toll Bruce E DIR 250,000 $5,900,050
Western Refining (WNR) Foster Paul L CB,DIR
300,000 $5,844,935
Express (EXPR) Weiss Michael A PR,CEO
110,393 $2,841,682
Kellogg (K) Kellogg WK Foundation BO 50,000 $2,657,300
Lithia Motors (LAD) Lithia Holding BO 100,000 $2,639,572

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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