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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, Jan. 23, 2014 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.

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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.

<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

Blavatnik Len

BO

Ep Energy

EPE

B

$66,544,760

2

Dondero James D

O

Nexpoint Cr St Fd

NHF

JB*

$1,278,239

3

William Amelio J

CEO,DIR

Chc

HELI

B

$500,000

4

Gisi Phil

DIR

Cypress Energy

CELP

JB*

$400,000

5

Rohr James E

DIR

General Electric

GE

B

$261,842

6

Bartolotta Peter

COO

Chc

HELI

B

$250,000

7

Kalman Francis S

DIR

Chc

HELI

B

$200,000

8

Frost Phillip Md

CEO,CB,BO

Opko Health

OPK

B

$154,298

9

McNabb John T II

DIR

Cypress Energy

CELP

JB*

$150,000

10

Washow Lawrence

DIR

Oil Dri Corp

ODC

B

$70,044

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

Oepw

BO

Wright Medical

WMGI

S,JS*

$91,982,700

2

Insight Venture

BO

Cvent

CVT

JS*

$7,198,832

3

New Enterprise

BO

Cvent

CVT

JS*

$6,030,989

4

Third Rock Vent

BO

Bluebird Bio

BLUE

S

$5,977,500

5

Basham Robert D

BO

Bloomin Brands

BLMN

S

$3,914,406

6

Dobmeier Eric

COO

Seattle Genetics

SGEN

AS

$2,683,958

7

Franklin Resources

BO

Dynegy

DYN

S

$2,147,018

8

Haddrill Richard M

DIR

Bally Technologies

BYI

AS

$2,040,081

9

Citron Jeffrey A

DIR,BO

Vonage

VG

AS

$1,652,297

10

Balakrishnan Balu

PR,CEO

Power Integrations

POWI

S

$1,534,833

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