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Top Insider Trades: GGP CBNJ DLR AYR

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 Tuesday, Nov 5, 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.

General Growth (GGP) Brookfield Ast Mgt DIR,BO 25,093,350 511,653,408
Essent
(ESNT)
Pbra Cayman BO 1,000,000 17,000,000
Aircastle
(AYR)
Marubeni DIR,BO 60,000 1,134,105
Cape Bancorp (CBNJ) Lynch James J DIR 65,300 613,820
Ind Services (IDSA) Kletter Harry BO 125,000 500,000
Digital Realty (DLR) Chapman Laurence DIR 10,000 478,700
Rouse
(RSE)
Brookfield Canada BO 21,068 421,992
KCG
(KCG)
Haldeman Charles DIR 35,170 314,679
Mercury Gen (MCY) Menges Douglas S VP 5,000 233,390
Oncothyreon (ONTY) Bvf Partners LP BO 129,000 229,620
Source: Insider Insights
HCA
(HCA)
Hercules Holding II BO 40,237,324 1,887,935,232
Gen Growth (GGP) China Investment BO 27,977,780 570,466,944
Amazon Com (AMZN) Bezos Jeffrey P CB,CEO,BO 1,000,000 358,144,160
Best Buy Co (BBY) Schulze Richard BO 1,708,334 73,807,056
Bankunited (BKU) Ross Wilbur L Jr DIR 2,377,551 70,898,568
Anaren (ANEN) Vintage Capital Mgt BO 1,684,000 46,727,404
Gas Natural (EGAS) Osborne Richard M CB,CEO 1,006,911 10,069,110
Illinois Tool Works (ITW) McCormack Robert DIR 104,000 8,216,728
Servicenow (NOW) Luddy Frederic B DIR 147,000 7,914,269
Rouse
(RSE)
China Investment BO 315,512 6,319,706
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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