By Jonathan Moreland, founder of Insider Insights and author of Profit From Legal Insider Trading.

Which stocks are getting attention from insiders?

In a victory for common sense, the trading behavior of company executives, directors, and large shareholders in the stocks of firms they're registered "insiders" at have been proven profitable to monitor by both academic studies and (more importantly) the experience of your fellow professional investors.

Below are lists of the top 10 mainly open-market insider purchases and sales filed at the Securities and Exchange Commission Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 as ranked by dollar value.

Please note, however, that these are 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 blog posts 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 email us with any questions on our proprietary insider data, and how it is best analyzed.

<p>#:</p><p>Filer Name</p><p>Insider Titles</p><p>Company Name</p><p>Ticker</p><p>Trans<br>Type</p><p>Dollar Value</p>

1

Otto Alexander

BO

DDR

DDR

B

$2,336,765

2

Feinberg Larry N

BO

Accelerate Diag

AXDX

B

$1,033,656

3

Clch

BO

Saexploration

SAEX

B

$494,309

4

Frost Phillip Md

CEO,CB,BO

Opko Health

OPK

B

$431,521

5

Honig Barry C

DIR,BO

Pershing Gold

PGLC

B

$352,675

6

Warshauer Myron C

DIR

Sp Plus

SP

B

$300,179

7

Schreyer Leslie J

BO

Amtech Systems

ASYS

B

$116,958

8

Flack Mitch

O

Tcw Str Inc Fd

TSI

B

$99,050

9

Woodward Peter H

DIR

Tss

TSSI

JB*

$80,000

10

Winemaster Gary

DIR,BO

Power Solutions

PSIX

B

$69,290

Source: InsiderInsights.com | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes

<p>#:</p><p>Filer Name</p><p>Insider Titles</p><p>Company Name</p><p>Ticker</p><p>Trans<br>Type</p><p>Dollar Value</p>

1

Schlosberg Hilton

VCB,PR,DIR

Monster Beverage

MNST

AS

$13,480,042

2

Sacks Rodney C

CB,CEO

Monster Beverage

MNST

AS

$13,478,290

3

Foster Paul L

CB,DIR,BO

Western Refining

WNR

AS

$4,243,452

4

Jeffery Liberman A

COO

Entravision Comms

EVC

S,JS*

$3,592,905

5

Foley William P II

DIR

Fidelity Natl Fin

FNF

S

$3,525,005

6

Firestone James

VP

Xerox

XRX

AS

$2,940,129

7

Rastetter William

DIR

Receptos

RCPT

S

$1,987,954

8

Kramer Shlomo

CEO,DIR,BO

Imperva

IMPV

AS

$1,932,400

9

Riccio Daniel J

VP

Apple

AAPL

AS

$1,699,177

10

Enzor Gary

CB,CEO

Quality Distribution

QLTY

AS

$1,682,500

Source: InsiderInsights.com | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes

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.