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Top Insider Trades: AMZN AEGR IGT COSH

Stocks in this article: AMZNAEGRIGTCOSH

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, December 3, 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 2,437,444 19,930,568
AGCO (AGCO) Srinivasan Mallika DIR 108,172 4,936,970
Aegerion Pharm (AEGR) Perceptive Advisors BO 180,000 3,868,300
Viasat (VSAT) Fpr Partners BO 94,000 3,568,766
Cys (CYS) Hughes Jeffrey DIR 72,600 926,314
Alliance (ARLP) Fouch Robert J VP,CT 8,000 455,959
Juniper (JNPR) Lawrie John M DIR 16,665 299,970
Intl Game Tech (IGT) Roberson David E DIR 12,000 167,280
Inphi (IPHI) Tamer Ford PR,CEO 20,000 156,144
Evolution (EPM) Lovoi John BO 18,041 143,246
Source: Insider Insights
Dollar Gen (DG) Buck BO 9,400,529 470.4m
Amazon (AMZN) Bezos Jeffrey P CB,CEO,BO 790,102 197.5m
Dollar Gen (DG) Jones Adrian M DIR 2,037,152 101.9m
Progressive (PGR) Lewis Peter B CB,DIR 1,421,086 30,420,938
Fleetcor Tech (FLT) Clarke Ronald CEO,PR,DIR 500,000 25,955,000
Cooper (COSH) Oak Hill Advisors BO 525,000 18,112,500
Google (GOOG) Doerr L John DIR 19,097 13,333,899
DSW (DSW) Schottenstein Jay L CB,DIR,BO 183,600 12,498,802
Ubiquiti (UBNT) Summit Partners PT,BO 1,000,000 11,550,000
Miracle Gro (SMG) Hagedorn Partnership BO 207,920 8,582,157
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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