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Top Insider Trades: SWI, YELP, GKNT, IRDM

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, Aug. 7, 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.

Amer Homes (AMH) Amer Homes BO 3,125,000 50,000,000
Solarwinds (SWI) Sippl Roger J DIR 10,000 365,000
Baltia Air Lines (BLTA) Bolanos Vick Luis DIR 60,000,000 300,000
First Inter (FIBK) Riley Kevin P VP 10,000 236,057
Chesapeake (CHK) Ryan T L DIR 8,000 202,440
Geeknet (GKNT) Langone K G DIR 9,136 138,294
Iridium (IRDM) Desch M J CEO,DIR 15,000 106,800
CVR Ref (CVRR) Gross E S VP,GC,SEC 4,000 105,640
Old Dom (ODFL) Kasarda John D DIR 2,250 100,004
Royce Focus (FUND) G W Whitney FO,DIR,BO 12,953 93,521
Source: Insider Insights
Trw Auto (TRW) Simpkins Neil P DIR 10,273,062 731,339,264
Vantiv (VNTV) Advent Intl O 15,000,000 382,649,984
Vantiv (VNTV) GPE VI Gp O 11,789,223 300,743,072
YELP (YELP) Deer Vi & Co DIR 3,719,642 195,727,904
Proto (PRLB) Lukis Lawrence J CB,DIR,BO 1,000,000 65,570,000
YELP (YELP) Elevation Partners BO 978,511 52,164,868
Trw Auto (TRW) Plant John C CB,PR,CEO 380,214 27,067,435
United (UNTD) Goldston Mark R CB,PR,CEO 1,632,778 13,834,191
Shutterfly (SFLY) Housenbold Jeffrey PR,CEO,DIR 230,000 13,109,494
Molina (MOH) Dentino William TT 285,385 10,588,876
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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