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Top Insider Trades: NDLS NVAX VNR OPK

Stocks in this article: NDLS NVAX VNR OPK

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, July 3, 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.

Swiss Helvetia (SWZ) Hottinger FO 122,000 1,500,788
Opko (OPK) Frost P CEO,CB,BO 28,000 203,902
Noodles (NDLS) Kinsey K PR,COO,DIR 10,000 180,000
Noodles (NDLS) Rand J DIR 7,500 135,000
Main Street (MAIN) Foster V CEO,PR,DIR 3,607 101,204
Novavax (NVAX) Phillips B DIR 50,000 95,000
Noodles (NDLS) Petrilli F VP,OO 5,000 90,000
Vanguard Nat Res (VNR) Robert R VP,CFO 2,000 51,520
Vanguard Nat Res (VNR) Smith S PR,CEO,DIR 2,000 50,500
Aratana (PETX) St Peter S PR,CEO,DIR 8,333 49,998
Source: Insider Insights
Homeaway (AWAY) Av VIII BO 996,507 31,577,610
Viasat (VSAT) Fpr BO 224,916 15,746,164
Invensense (INVN) Artiman BO 480,194 7,397,164
PVH (PVH) Gehring F CEO,DIR 40,902 5,190,468
Insmed (INSM) FMR BO 365,779 3,644,080
Bonanza Crk (BCEI) Starzer M PR,CEO,DIR 100,000 3,556,000
Pacira (PCRX) Wicki A DIR 114,448 3,457,073
LinkedIn (LNKD) Sze D DIR 15,937 2,893,164
Proofpoint (PFPT) Auvil P CFO 114,420 2,808,787
Ren (REGI) Usrg Holdco V BO 189,798 2,724,774
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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