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Top Insider Trades: EAT FNB WRE CDNS

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, Oct 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.

Aerie Pharm (AERI) Mehra Anand DIR,BO 285,000 2,850,000
FNB
(FNB)
Rose John W DIR 20,000 500,000
Wash RE Inv Tr (WRE) Byrnes William G DIR 18,000 471,440
Brinker Intl
(EAT)
George Michael A DIR 10,000 441,515
Cadence Design (CDNS) Tan Lip Bu CEO,DIR 20,000 256,500
FNB
(FNB)
Goldstein Robert DIR 10,000 250,000
Dynavax Tech (DVAX) Oronsky Arnold L DIR 186,047 200,001
Wash RE Inv Tr (WRE) Nason Charles T DIR 5,000 131,550
COSI
(COSI)
Miller Lloyd I Iii BO 59,371 124,679
Dynavax Tech (DVAX) Phillips Peggy V DIR 93,023 100,000
Source: Insider Insights
Microsoft (MSFT) Gates William DIR 2,250,000 79,911,224
Ehealth (EHTH) Healthcor Mgt BO 525,000 22,575,000
Constellation (STZ) Ryder Robert P VP,CFO 80,636 5,271,159
Synnex
(SNX)
Silver Star Dev BO 40,000 2,473,084
Sunpower (SPWR) Wenger Howard PR 54,810 1,767,294
Costco
(COST)
Portera Joseph P VP 14,900 1,762,521
Whiting
(WLL)
Deboer Bruce R VP,SEC 23,556 1,616,031
Stamps Com (STMP) Jones G Bradford DIR 30,000 1,395,226
Col Sports (COLM) Bany Sarah DIR 16,550 1,107,208
Whiting
(WLL)
Williams Mark R VP 14,250 984,668
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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