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Insiders Trading ATSG, RT, SONS

By Jonathan Moreland, founder of Insider Insights and author of Profit From Legal Insider Trading.

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- It is a victory for common sense. Tracking the trading behavior of company executives, directors and large shareholders in the stocks of firms they're registered in as "insiders" has proven to be profitable, according to both academic studies and (more importantly) the experience of professional investors.

Below are lists of the top 10 mainly open-market insider purchases and sales filed at the Securities and Exchange Commission Friday, Aug. 10, 2012 as ranked by dollar value. Please note, however, that these are only factual lists, not buy and sell recommendations. Dollar value is only one metric to assess the importance of an insider transaction, and, frankly, often not even the most important metric that determines if an insider transaction is significant.

At InsiderInsights.com, we find new investment ideas just about every day using these and more intricate insider screens to determine where we should focus our subsequent fundamental and technical analysis. And while stocks don't (or shouldn't) move up or down based on insider activity alone, insiders tend to be good indicators of when real stock-moving events like earnings surprises, corporate actions, and new products may be in the offing.

So use these regular Top Insider Trades columns as the initial research tools they are meant to be, and click the links in the tables to analyze a company's or insider's full insider history. Also feel free to contact us with any questions on our proprietary insider data, and how it is best analyzed.

Air Transport Services (ATSG) Mesdag Willem BO 762,695 3,418,600
Ruby Tuesday (RT) Becker Steven R DIR 196,526 1,276,615
Sonus Networks (SONS) Empire Capital Mgt BO 549,068 973,813
Pimco Dynamic Inc Fd (PDI) Ivascyn Daniel J O 25,000 665,250
Lpl Financial (LPLA) Moore Robert J PR,COO 20,000 568,400
Solar Senior Capital (SUNS) Gross Michael S CEO,PR,DIR 26,250 457,699
Vornado Realty Trust (VNO) Tisch Daniel R DIR 5,000 399,627
Mackinac Financial (MFNC) Tobias Paul Davison CEO,DIR 54,952 315,974
Iridium Communications (IRDM) Baralonco BO 43,500 309,031
Opko Health (OPK) Frost Phillip MD et al CEO,CB,BO 70,000 297,098
Source: Insider Insights
Aircastle (AYR) Fortress Investment Group BO 9,250,000 105,450,000
Lamar Advertising (LAMR) Spo Advisory BO 3,100,000 104,617,000
Kellogg (K) Kellogg W K Foundation BO 250,000 12,675,000
Targa Resources (TRGP) McParland Jeffrey J PR,FO 257,874 11,520,521
Glu Mobile (GLUU) Drapkin Matthew A DIR 1,110,700 5,214,212
Surmodics (SRDX) Starboard Value BO 257,560 4,568,605
Centurylink (CTL) Post Glen F III CEO,PR,DIR 100,000 4,305,470
HCA (HCA) Bank Of America BO 145,491 3,915,090
General Electric (GE) Krenicki John VCB 179,693 3,780,741
Rex Energy (REXX) Shaner Lance T DIR 260,385 3,452,668
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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