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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 18, 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.

Davita (DVA) Berkshire Hathaway BO 63,928 7,003,637
Prime Global Capital (PGCG) Wong Weng Kung CEO,DIR,BO 1,860,000 4,464,000
Cytrx (CYTR) Patterson Scott BO 1,200,000 3,000,000
Resource America (REXI) Cooperman Leon G BO 135,019 857,371
Hansen Medical (HNSN) Feinberg Larry N BO 155,155 283,779
Clough Global Opp Fd (GLO) Clough Charles Jr A 12,000 139,500
Privatebancorp (PVTB) Nicholson James DIR 6,000 102,360
Pro Dex (PDEX) Swenson Nicholas BO 30,995 58,809
Nuveen Divers (CFD) Hepworth Douglas J O 2,000 43,300
Natl Penn Banc (NPBC) Martin Christian DIR 1,148 10,000
Source: Insider Insights
Cracker Barrel (CBRL) Woodhouse Michael A DIR 65,657 4,403,674
Garmin (GRMN) Kao Min H CEO 40,000 1,602,440
Hunt J B (JBHT) Harper Alfred C VP,COO 25,000 1,462,900
Blackrock Kelso Cap (BKCC) VA Retirement BO 120,036 1,203,505
JPMorgan Chase (JPM) Donnelly John L HR 25,000 1,082,138
Bristol Myers Squibb (BMY) Cornelius James M DIR 20,000 684,900
TUMI (TUMI) Nelson Thomas H VP 30,000 670,638
Nxstage Medical (NXTM) Utterberg David S DIR,BO 51,732 635,319
Bazaarvoice (BV) Hurt Brett A F,PR,DIR 30,171 450,462
Kroger (KR) Barclay Kathleen S VP 15,000 374,339
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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