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Top Insider Trades: NAV, RH, ACCL, COTY

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 Friday, July 19, 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.

Navistar Intl (NAV) Icahn Carl C BO 818,279 27,806,760
GC Ultra Deep Rlty Tr (GULTU) Mount Kellett Cap BO 6,800,000 14,090,000
Restoration Hardwr (RH) Mottola Thomas D DIR 100,000 7,000,000
Accelrys (ACCL) RGM Capital BO 200,000 1,769,250
Pozen (POZN) Par Inv BO 90,000 472,500
Breeze Eastern (BZC) Vn Capital Mgt BO 36,830 319,630
Lucas Energy (LEI) Meson Capital CP BO 185,185 250,000
Royce Focus Trust (FUND) George W Whitney FO,DIR,BO 12,628 91,364
Tcw Str Inc Fd (TSI) Kane Steve O 9,240 49,985
Fifth St Sr FR (FSFR) Dimitrov Ivelin M FO 3,100 44,205
Source: Insider Insights
Restoration Hardwr (RH) Friedman Gary G CB,CEO,BO 266,667 18,666,690
COTY (COTY) Bloom Bradley M DIR 951,087 16,061,482
COTY (COTY) Rhone Cap DIR,BO 951,087 16,061,482
COTY (COTY) Berkshire Partners BO 951,087 16,061,481
Restoration Hardwr (RH) Alberini Carlos CEO,DIR,BO 178,000 12,460,000
Sonus Net (SONS) Empire Capital Mgt BO 3,512,632 11,592,000
Restoration Hardwr (RH) Dunaj Kenneth J COO 109,606 7,672,420
Restoration Hardwr (RH) Chaya Eri DIR 61,419 4,299,330
Mastercard (MA) Mastercard Foundation BO 6,411 3,814,623
Hunt J B Trans (JBHT) Thompson James K CB,DIR 50,000 3,756,520
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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