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Top Insider Trades: HLF, SBUX, MTG, TIF

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 Thursday, 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.
Herbalife
(HLF)
Icahn Carl C BO 2,017,264 82,747,144
Tiffany
(TIF)
Qatar Inv Auth BO 470,100 32,935,206
Cooper Standard (COSH) Silver Point Cap BO 43,920 1,548,180
Opko Health (OPK) Frost Phillip MD CEO,CB,BO 44,000 321,360
RCM Tech (RCMT) O Connell Michael BO 54,236 304,852
Mgic Investment (MTG) Culver Curt S CB,CEO,DIR 50,000 257,500
Mgic Investment (MTG) Lauer Jon Michael VP,CFO 50,000 257,500
Pershing Gold (PGLC) Honig Barry C DIR 732,000 256,200
Broadsoft (BSFT) Markley John D DIR 10,000 229,805
Silver Bay Rlty (SBY) Kessler Irvin R DIR 10,000 193,500
Source: Insider Insights
Starbucks (SBUX) Schultz Howard D CB,PR,CEO 1,000,000 57,126,768
Jazz Pharm (JAZZ) Enright Patrick G DIR 800,000 46,624,000
Estee Lauder (EL) Lauder Ronald S CB,BO 500,000 33,030,832
Monster Bev (MNST) Schlosberg Hilton VCB,PR,DIR 459,883 22,409,992
Monster Bev (MNST) Sacks Rodney C CB,CEO,DIR 459,752 22,405,014
Hunt JB Trans (JBHT) J B Hunt BO 234,434 16,456,329
Regeneron (REGN) Schleifer Leonard PR,CEO,DIR 91,683 16,075,050
Iac Interactive (IACI) Blatt Gregory R CEO,DIR 248,507 10,494,704
Blackstone
(BX)
Hill J Tomilson VCB,DIR 550,000 10,494,079
Kellogg
(K)
Kellogg WK Fdn BO 150,000 9,210,045
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.
At the time of publication, Moreland was long XXX, although holdings can change at any time.

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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