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Top Insider Trades: SGEN RST ACCL DLTR

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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 Thursday, Dec. 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.

                 Top 10 Open-Market Purchases
SGEN (SGEN) Baker F DIR,BO 1,005,901 43,442,732
Accelrys (ACCL) RGM BO 149,528 1,349,377
Caci (CACI) Blue Harbour BO 17,144 1,232,779
Aircastle (AYR) Marubeni DIR,BO 60,000 1,097,715
Mattersight (MATR) Coxe T DIR,BO 276,249 1,077,371
Chemocentryx (CCXI) Bvf BO 189,800 951,154
Independent (IBTX) Fair W DIR 7,698 350,336
Fifth St Sr FR (FSFR) Tannenbaum L M CEO,DIR 15,000 203,837
Merrimack (MACK) Mulroy R CEO,DIR 33,100 146,226
Dollar Tree (DLTR) Hall C DIR 2,000 110,600
Source: Insider Insights
                 Top 10 Open-Market Sales
Zillow (Z) Hoag J C DIR 500,000 36,338,100
YELP (YELP) Levine J DIR 339,656 20,677,160
Rosetta Stone (RST) Witt L DIR 1,489,294 17,007,738
Workday (WDAY) Bhusri A CEO,CB,BO 62,500 4,934,753
Globus (GMED) Davidar D VP,OO,DIR 75,000 1,443,750
Guidewire (GWRE) Branson K DIR 25,000 1,143,965
Varian (VAR) Kluge R PR 12,932 1,034,560
Transocean (RIG) Toma I VP 20,000 1,001,334
Ball (BLL) Hayes J CB,PR,DIR 20,000 989,418
Netsuite (N) Nelson Z CEO,DIR 9,740 926,066
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 adviser 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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