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 Friday, Jan. 31, 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

Beltzman Daniel

DIR,BO

Regis

RGS

B

$18,264,838

2

Martin William C

BO

Vitesse Semi

VTSS

JB*

$7,016,630

3

Von Allmen D

BO

Liquid

LIQD

JB*

$3,079,401

4

Brody David S

DIR

Vantagesouth Banc

CRFN

JB*

$800,005

5

Abram J Adam

DIR

Vantagesouth Banc

CRFN

JB*

$499,999

6

Priest Jeffrey W

PR,CEO

Gen Amer Inv

GAM

B

$470,120

7

Francescani David

DIR

Liquid

LIQD

JB*

$412,500

8

Linos Michael F

VP,SO,DIR

Alldigital

ADGL

JB*

$360,000

9

Drosdick John G

DIR

Triumph

TGI

B

$341,267

10

Wilson D Michael

VP,PR

Albemarle

ALB

B

$324,200

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

Crosspoint Assoc

BO

E2open

EOPN

S,JS*

$38,045,741

2

Broadwood Part

DIR

Questcor Pharm

QCOR

AS

$3,327,725

3

Lang Andrew K

PR,CTO,DIR

Vringo

VRNG

AS

$3,050,493

4

Henley Robert W

PR

NVR

NVR

S

$2,230,549

5

Dannenfeldt Michael

VP

Digi Intl

DGII

JS*

$2,026,633

6

Schaeffer Richard

BO

Liquid

LIQD

JS*

$1,990,340

7

O Shea Paul J

VP,DIR

Enstar

ESGR

AS

$1,839,423

8

Cohen Barry F

VP

PTC

PTC

S

$1,812,435

9

Borel Daniel

DIR

Logitech Intl Sa

LOGI

AS

$1,716,247

10

Lowder Thomas H

DIR

Mid Amer Apt

MAA

AS

$1,687,268

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;

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