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Top Insider Trades: HLF FSYS JAZZ JMP

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 Tuesday, March 12, 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.

Herbalife (HLF) Icahn Carl BO 322,716 13,376,578
Fuel Systems (FSYS) Douglas Kevin BO 100,000 1,584,264
Artisan (APAM) Dimarco Stephanie DIR 20,000 600,000
JMP (JMP) Johnson Craig VCB,DIR 50,000 324,164
Opko (OPK) Frost Phillip CEO,CB,BO 38,000 283,117
Cowen (COWN) Markowitz Jerome DIR 100,000 270,000
Novavax (NVAX) Young James DIR 100,000 203,000
Hansen (HNSN) Feinberg Larry BO 65,900 141,597
JMP (JMP) Orszag Jonathan DIR 20,000 126,716
Catamaran (SXCI) Katen Karen DIR 2,000 110,008
Source: Insider Insights
Jazz Pharm (JAZZ) Kkr Fund BO 3,750,000 218,550,004
Jazz Pharm (JAZZ) O Keefe Kenneth DIR 400,000 23,312,000
Bard C R (BCR) Morfit G Mason DIR 178,366 18,039,178
Google (GOOG) Page Lawrence CEO,DIR,BO 20,833 17,408,876
YELP (YELP) Levchin Max DIR,BO 387,178 9,701,649
Epl Oil & Gas (EPL) Carlson Capital DIR 311,939 8,737,886
Dominos Pizza (DPZ) Brandon David DIR 127,789 6,360,519
BKCC (BKCC) VA Retirement BO 478,775 4,927,792
Exacttarget (ET) O Driscoll Rory DIR 200,000 4,606,348
Consumer Port. (CPSS) Levine Leichtman BO 465,982 4,176,908
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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