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Insiders Trading VPRT PENN IGT AMSC

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 Monday, Nov. 26, 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, 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 412,050 45,484,048
Vistaprint (VPRT) Prescott GP BO 105,738 3,089,412
Penn National (PENN) Clifford William CFO 43,000 2,016,270
Intl Game (IGT) Satre Philip DIR 37,750 500,074
Amer. Super. (AMSC) Douglas Kevin BO 161,964 414,879
Iridium (IRDM) Baralonco BO 54,800 312,352
Pacific Bio. (PACB) Hunkapiller Michael CB,CEO,PR 186,400 269,238
Corcept (CORT) Bradbury Daniel DIR 179,000 248,985
Westfield Financial (WFD) Janosco Michael FO 30,000 199,300
Goldfield (GV) Eberwein Jeffrey DIR 83,000 138,395
Source: Insider Insights
Google (GOOG) Schmidt Eric CB,DIR 50,000 33,140,265
Carnival (CCL) Eternity Four BO 400,251 15,464,460
Credit Accept. (CACC) Prescott GP BO 160,700 13,765,562
Mastercard (MA) Mastercard Foundation BO 28,389 13,608,632
Kellogg (K) Kellogg WK Fdn BO 190,300 10,517,767
Google (GOOG) Doerr John DIR 7,545 5,000,466
Westinghouse Air (WAB) Kassling William DIR 50,000 4,026,036
Regal Beloit (RBC) Knueppel Henry DIR 60,000 4,016,100
Cognex (CGNX) Shillman Robert CB,DIR 105,981 3,533,502
Masco (MAS) Manoogian Richard DIR 200,000 3,299,289
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 , 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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