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Heads Up: Insiders Now Own Nearly 50% of Bruker

In fact, the total percentage of the outstanding shares owned by insiders and 5% owners is an astounding 49%! Looking at recent purchases by this elite group since Sept. 14, 2012 (the most recent purchase being last Friday, Dec. 7) I noticed that the Laukiens' purchased 250,000 shares between the price of $13 and Dr. Laukien's purchase on Friday of 50,000 shares at $13.97.

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Bruker had a very profitable quarter ending Sept. 30. Year-over-year quarterly earnings increased by more than 100% and quarterly revenue grew by 7%. Total Cash improved to more than $242 million. Look at the impressive one-year chart of BRKR illustrating its price and trailing 12-month earnings rebound from just six weeks ago.

BRKR ChartBRKR data by YCharts

Considering that Bruker is one of the worlds' leading manufacturers of analytical X-ray systems, atomic force microscopy, optical emission spectrometers and combustion analyzers for materials research, it is no wonder that sales increased by $1.7 billion during the last 12 months.

Its subsidiary Bruker BioSpin is the global leader in analytical magnetic resonance instruments. A division called "Bruker Daltonics" is a leading manufacturer of mass spectrometry instruments for biochemical and pharmaceutical research.

I'd encourage you to visit its colorful and user-friendly Web site and see all the revolutionary ways it is assuming leadership in its fields of expertise.

When it comes to buying shares, investors may want to wait for the next pull back to the $14 level or lower, so that you'll be buying near the same levels at which the insiders have been buying. After tomorrow's big policy announcements by the Federal Reserve and Chairman Bernanke's press conference, you might just have such an opportunity.

As I've been reminding our readers regularly, I'd encourage you to utilize a trailing stop loss and alert system that falls below the "radar screens" of the stock exchange market makers. One such system called "TradeStops" is an intuitive product that will let you know when a trailing stop loss has been hit without having to place a stop-limit or stop-loss order that may attract unwanted "bottom feeders." I use it and have found it very effective and helpful.

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