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Top Insider Trades: VPRT PVH MCF HTA

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, Dec. 7, 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.

Perrigo (PRGO) Jandernoa Michael DIR 296,000 31,016,360
Vistaprint (VPRT) Smith Thomas BO 100,000 3,160,331
MRV (MRVC) Martin William BO 1,650,556 890,659
Contango (MCF) Juneau John DIR 12,250 498,551
Tuesday Morn. (TUES) Churches Brady PR,CEO,DIR 48,614 291,684
Healthcare (HTA) Mathis Larry DIR 25,000 250,550
Healthcare (HTA) Wescombe Gary DIR 20,000 202,000
Trident (TRIDQ) Farallon BO 660,378 165,095
Opko (OPK) Frost Phillip CEO,CB,BO 35,000 152,957
Am Strat (ASMC) Groussman Mark CEO 1,000,000 150,000
Source: Insider Insights
PVH (PVH) Landau David DIR 2,094,680 233,556,816
Nexstar (NXST) Yudroff Royce DIR,BO 8,000,000 70,670,400
Hyatt (H) PG Nicholas O 1,623,529 58,024,928
Facebook (FB) Sandberg Sheryl COO,DIR 946,588 26,202,166
Perrigo (PRGO) Jandernoa Michael DIR 139,500 14,545,705
Mastercard (MA) Mastercard Fdn BO 28,389 13,560,365
Texas Cap (TCBI) Holland James DIR 216,836 9,724,507
Energizer (ENR) Mulcahy J Patrick DIR 100,000 7,916,000
Cobalt (CIE) Farnsworth James O 165,000 4,478,450
Fastenal (FAST) Kierlin Robert DIR 100,000 4,170,660
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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