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Yesterday, July 29, 2014, 47 U.S. common stocks issued filings of shares being bought or sold by insiders. The transactions ranged in value from $78.75 to $218,315,098.42.

Highlighted Stocks Traded by Insiders:

AvalonBay Communities (AVB) - FREE Research Report

Wilson Stephen W, who is Executive Vice President at AvalonBay Communities, sold 6,557 shares at $148.87 on July 29, 2014. Following this transaction, the Executive Vice President owned 19,767 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 24.91% with the 6,557-share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $150.50, up $1.63, or 1.08% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for AvalonBay Communities go as follows:

  • 4-Week # shares bought: 1,000
  • 4-Week # shares sold: 1,500
  • 12-Week # shares bought: 1,000
  • 12-Week # shares sold: 4,304
  • 24-Week # shares bought: 1,000
  • 24-Week # shares sold: 20,743

The average volume for AvalonBay Communities has been 703,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. AvalonBay Communities has a market cap of $19.5 billion and is part of the financial sector and real estate industry. Shares are up 26.57% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

AvalonBay Communities, Inc. engages in the development, redevelopment, acquisition, ownership, and operation of multifamily communities in the United States. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 3.09%. The company has a P/E ratio of 79.9. Currently, there are 9 analysts who rate AvalonBay Communities a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

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buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins, increase in stock price during the past year and impressive record of earnings per share growth. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full

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MasterCard (MA) - FREE Research Report

MasterCard Foundation, who is 10% Owner at MasterCard, sold 40,212 shares at $75.80 on July 29, 2014. Following this transaction, the 10% Owner owned 118.3 million shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 0.03% with the 40,212-share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $76.09, up $0.29, or 0.38% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for MasterCard go as follows:

  • 4-Week # shares sold: 67,020
  • 12-Week # shares sold: 76,318
  • 24-Week # shares sold: 547,685

The average volume for MasterCard has been 4.2 million shares per day over the past 30 days. MasterCard has a market cap of $85.6 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are down 9.16% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

MasterCard Incorporated provides transaction processing and other payment-related services in the United States and internationally. It facilitates the processing of payment transactions, including authorization, clearing, and settlement, as well as delivers related products and services. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 0.58%. The company has a P/E ratio of 28.5. Currently, there are 16 analysts who rate MasterCard a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

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rates MasterCard as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full

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Helix Energy Solutions Group (HLX) - FREE Research Report

Tripodo Anthony, who is Executive Vice President & CFO at Helix Energy Solutions Group, sold 5,000 shares at $26.84 on July 29, 2014. Following this transaction, the Executive Vice President & CFO owned 186,721 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 2.61% with the 5,000-share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $26.71, down $0.13, or 0.49% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for Helix Energy Solutions Group go as follows:

  • 4-Week # shares bought: 1,000
  • 4-Week # shares sold: 11,678
  • 12-Week # shares bought: 1,000
  • 12-Week # shares sold: 11,678
  • 24-Week # shares bought: 1,000
  • 24-Week # shares sold: 41,678

The average volume for Helix Energy Solutions Group has been 759,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. Helix Energy Solutions Group has a market cap of $2.8 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are up 14.19% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc., an offshore energy company, together with its subsidiaries, provides specialty services to the offshore energy industry, primarily in the Gulf of Mexico, North Sea, the Asia Pacific, and West Africa regions. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.7. Currently, there are 3 analysts who rate Helix Energy Solutions Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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rates Helix Energy Solutions Group as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full

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