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Top Insider Trades: PCYG, LGP, SPW, IBTX

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, August 30, 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.

Sprint (S) Softbank BO 5,720,417 38,568,264
Spx (SPW) Relational Invest BO 252,844 18,708,672
Park City (PCYG) Hodge Ronald C DIR 155,039 1,000,002
Park City (PCYG) Allen Robert W DIR 77,519 499,998
Independent Bank (IBTX) Smith G Stacy DIR 11,087 378,699
Lehigh Gas Part (LGP) Wiss Robert L DIR 10,000 271,404
Lehigh Gas Part (LGP) Malloy John F DIR 9,724 263,422
Aura Systems (AUSI) Kopple Robert C BO 772,623 249,064
Integrated Device (IDTI) McCreary Jeffrey PR,CEO,DIR 20,000 175,356
Gl Sp Metals (GSM) Bradley Jeff CEO 10,000 129,500
Source: Insider Insights
Goodrich Petrol (GDP) Austin Josiah T DIR,BO 551,352 11,811,229
Forum Energy (FET) Simmons L E BO 234,889 6,225,408
Carbonite (CARB) Flowers Jeffry DIR 350,000 4,760,140
Boingo Wireless (WIFI) Dayton Sky D DIR,BO 500,000 3,525,000
Total Sys Svs (TSS) Blanchard James DIR 123,000 3,414,603
Seatl Genetics (SGEN) Simpson Todd E CFO 37,763 1,565,186
Rock Tenn (RKT) Rubright James A CB,CEO,DIR 10,100 1,150,170
Stifel Financial (SF) Mulroy Thomas P DIR 25,000 1,010,308
Facebook (FB) Ebersman CFO 23,400 946,179
Live Nation Ent (LYV) Willard Elizabeth VP,CFO 50,000 863,000
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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