Top Insider Trades: TWI CYTK CLFD BTX - TheStreet

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, Feb. 27, 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.

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

Rachesky Mark

BO

Titan Intl

TWI

B

$5,765,151

2

Eastern Capital

BO

Cytokinetics

CYTK

JB*

$4,000,000

3

Broadwood Part

DIR,BO

Biotime

BTX

JB*

$1,870,000

4

Mackay A D David

DIR

Green Mtn Coffee

GMCR

B

$455,121

5

Krasnow Todd

DIR

Tile Shop

TTS

B

$233,050

6

Nelson Amy H

DIR

Apache

APA

B

$199,020

7

Kenny Peter C

DIR

Bank Of The Ozarks

OZRK

B

$140,130

8

Frost Phillip Md

CEO,CB,BO

Opko Health

OPK

B

$134,644

9

State Auto Mut Ins

BO

State Auto Finl

STFC

B

$121,847

10

Roth Ronald G

CB,DIR

Clearfield

CLFD

B

$116,800

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

Lauren Ralph

CB,CEO,BO

Ralph Lauren

RL

JS*

$474,449,984

2

Trian Fund Mgt

BO

Wendys

WEN

S

$40,800,000

3

McCabe Molly E

BO

Scripps Networks

SNI

S

$16,227,794

4

Tvm V Life Science

BO

Enanta Pharm

ENTA

S

$9,012,968

5

Neupaver Albert J

CEO,CB,DIR

Westinghouse Air

WAB

S

$8,490,258

6

Cook Ian M

CB,CEO,DIR

Colgate Palmolive

CL

AS

$3,832,903

7

Barton Richard N

CB,DIR,BO

Zillow

Z

S

$3,751,942

8

Kassling William

DIR

Westinghouse Air

WAB

S

$3,191,318

9

Hsing Michael

CEO,DIR

Monolithic Power

MPWR

AS

$2,717,869

10

Lorberbaum Mark

BO

Mohawk Ind

MHK

S

$2,409,175

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