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Insiders Trading JAZZ AMCX PCFG STK

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 Thursday, October 4, 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.

Janus Capital (JNS) Dai Ichi Life Ins BO 497,900 4,655,461
Pacific Gold (PCFG) Landau Robert G CEO,DIR 480,965,024 577,158
Pacific Gold (PCFG) Geisler Mitchell COO,DIR 253,081,216 303,697
Opko Health (OPK) Frost Phillip MD CEO,CB,BO 65,000 283,650
CS Tech (STK) Maher John F DIR 3,050 49,563
Digirad (DRAD) Gillman Charles M DIR 10,000 20,772
Digirad (DRAD) Eberwein Jeffrey E DIR 10,000 20,772
Elecsys (ESYS) Gegen Stan DIR 6,100 18,727
Contango Oil (MCF) Makalskaya Yaroslava VP,CT 250 12,694
American Bio (ABMC) Mp Biomedicals BO 81,000 12,150
Source: Insider Insights
Amc Networks (AMCX) Luxor Capital BO 875,000 37,406,249
Accenture (ACN) Green William D CB,DIR 90,000 6,298,734
Jazz Pharm (JAZZ) Enright Patrick G DIR 66,650 3,907,709
Cheniere Energy (LNG) Hoenmans Paul J DIR 189,680 2,980,754
Williams (WMB) Armstrong Alan S PR,CEO,DIR 79,120 2,848,320
Lithia Motors (LAD) Lithia Holding BO 75,900 2,628,737
Accenture (ACN) Cole Martin I CEO,TO 33,000 2,304,709
Active Network (ACTV) Green L Stephen DIR 100,000 1,182,220
Cornerstone (CSOD) Miller Adam L CEO,DIR,BO 33,160 1,056,348
Imperva (IMPV) Boodaei Michael DIR 30,000 1,021,042
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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