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Top Insider Trades: TIF HRG CERE ROST

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 Wednesday, January 16, 2013 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.

Ceres (CERE) Ambergate Trust BO 131,264 615,115
Valcom (VLCO) Lehmann Claus BO 9,211,000 230,275
Opko
(OPK)
Frost Phillip MD CEO,CB,
BO
35,000 199,642
Inovio
(INO)
Collins Morton DIR 100,000 66,940
Graystone (GYST) Mezey Joseph CFO,DIR,
BO
21,500,000 64,500
Valhi (VHI) Simmons Harold C CB,DIR,
BO
4,000 59,200
Patheon (PNHNF) Lytton Michael VP,GC 12,540 49,784
Guaranty
(GBNK)
Wycoff W Kirk DIR,BO 10,000 20,000
Colony
(CBAN)
Ross Robert S BO 3,665 16,493
Health Enh
(HEPI)
Maggiore C D BO 52,500 13,855
Source: Insider Insights
Tiffany (TIF) May Peter DIR 993,500 60,766,512
Google (GOOG) Page Lawrence CEO,DIR,
BO
41,666 29,961,397
Harbinger (HRG) Harbinger Cap Fd BO 3,000,000 22,500,000
Intl Wire (ITWG) Tennenbaum Cap BO 1,000,000 17,250,000
Ross (ROST) Balmuth Michael VCB,CEO,
DIR
222,388 12,528,206
Linkedin (LNKD) Hoffman Reid DIR,BO 83,334 9,802,434
Cbl (CBL) Cbl & Assoc BO 227,000 4,725,385
Linkedin (LNKD) Weiner Jeff CEO,DIR 37,000 4,352,139
Google (GOOG) Doerr L John DIR 5,777 4,167,148
Scotts (SMG) Hagedorn James BO,CB,
CEO,BO
61,817 2,791,625
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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