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Insiders Trading VMW, FDO, WPRT, FUN

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 Thursday, July 12, 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.

VMware (VMW) EMC BO 181,978 14,995,256
Westport Innovations (WPRT) Douglas Kevin BO 200,000 7,012,000
Opko Health (OPK) Frost Phillip MD et al CEO,CB,BO 92,500 422,042
OPTI (OPTI) S Muoio & Co BO 733,834 348,498
Mainland Resources (MNLU) Newport Michael J PR,CEO,DIR 1,415,753 212,363
Mainland Resources (MNLU) Wilson Peter Grant DIR 901,780 135,267
Thermoenergy (TMEN) Hughes J Winder DIR,BO 1,250,000 125,000
Kingsway Financial (KFS) Stilwell Joseph DIR,BO 35,704 86,269
Thermoenergy (TMEN) Gelbaum David BO 650,000 65,000
Pep Boys Manny Moe & Jack (PBY) Michael R Odell PR,CEO,DIR 5,262 49,989
Source: Insider Insights
Family Dollar Stores (FDO) Garden Edward P DIR 597,000 41,740,212
Cedar Fair (FUN) Kinzel Richard L DIR 78,027 2,426,368
Genomic Health (GHDX) Scott Randal W CEO,DIR 30,000 1,061,671
Blackrock Kelso Capital (BKCC) Virginia Retirement System BO 106,894 1,037,919
Linkedin (LNKD) Rottenberg Erika VP,GC,SEC 7,625 767,971
Titan Machinery (TITN) Christianson Tony DIR 14,450 437,525
Grand Canyon Education (LOPE) Richardson Brent D CB,DIR 20,000 424,400
Zillow (Z) Frink Lloyd D VCB,PR,BO 10,400 401,446
Elizabeth Arden (RDEN) Mauran Richard C W DIR 7,415 296,600
Sears (SHLD) Johnson W Bruce VP 5,000 285,975
Source: Insider Insights

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 InsiderInsights.com, 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 TheStreet.com 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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