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Yesterday, Dec. 12, 2014, 103 U.S. common stocks issued filings of shares being bought or sold by insiders. The transactions ranged in value from $33.00 to $9,071,220.00.

Highlighted Stocks Traded by Insiders:

CYS Investments (CYS) - FREE Research Report

Grant Kevin E, who is Chairman, CEO, CIO, President at CYS Investments, sold 9,758 shares at $9.16 on Dec. 12, 2014. Following this transaction, the Chairman, CEO, CIO, President owned 552,023 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 1.74% with the 9,758-share transaction.

Historical insider transactions for CYS Investments go as follows:

  • 4-Week # shares sold: 18,000
  • 12-Week # shares bought: 34,248
  • 12-Week # shares sold: 18,000
  • 24-Week # shares bought: 34,248
  • 24-Week # shares sold: 18,000

The average volume for CYS Investments has been 1.8 million shares per day over the past 30 days. CYS Investments has a market cap of $1.5 billion and is part of the financial sector and real estate industry. Shares are up 23.48% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

CYS Investments, Inc., a specialty finance company, makes leveraged investments in whole-pool residential mortgage pass-through securities where the principal and interest payments are guaranteed. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 13.17%. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.4. Currently, there are 7 analysts who rate CYS Investments a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

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rates CYS Investments as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, weak operating cash flow and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full

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Belden (BDC) - FREE Research Report

Gusenleitner Christoph, who is EVP, Industrial Connectivity at Belden, sold 1,200 shares at $80.16 on Dec. 12, 2014. Following this transaction, the EVP, Industrial Connectivity owned 10,504 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 10.25% with the 1,200-share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $80.41, up $0.25, or 0.31% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for Belden go as follows:

  • 4-Week # shares bought: 10,000
  • 4-Week # shares sold: 4,000
  • 12-Week # shares bought: 10,000
  • 12-Week # shares sold: 4,000
  • 24-Week # shares bought: 10,000
  • 24-Week # shares sold: 4,000

The average volume for Belden has been 285,900 shares per day over the past 30 days. Belden has a market cap of $3.4 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and industrial industry. Shares are up 14.11% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

Belden Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets signal transmission solutions used in broadcast, enterprise, and industrial applications. It operates in four segments: Broadcast Solutions, Enterprise Connectivity Solutions, Industrial Connectivity Solutions, and Industrial IT Solutions. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 0.25%. The company has a P/E ratio of 42.1. Currently, there are 3 analysts who rate Belden a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

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buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full

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Splunk (SPLK) - FREE Research Report

Stein Leonard R, who is SVP, General Counsel & Sec. at Splunk, sold 8,617 shares at $58.58 on Dec. 12, 2014. Following this transaction, the SVP, General Counsel & Sec. owned 84,565 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 9.25% with the 8,617-share transaction.

Sommer Steven R, who is SVP & Chief Marketing Officer at Splunk, sold 12,575 shares at $58.64 on Dec. 12, 2014. Following this transaction, the SVP & Chief Marketing Officer owned 333,302 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 3.64% with the 12,575-share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $55.77, down $2.87, or 5.14% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for Splunk go as follows:

  • 4-Week # shares sold: 72,502
  • 12-Week # shares sold: 193,832
  • 24-Week # shares sold: 269,925

The average volume for Splunk has been 2.3 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Splunk has a market cap of $7.1 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. Shares are down 16.62% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

Splunk, Inc. provides software solutions that provide real-time operational intelligence in the United States and internationally. Currently, there are 15 analysts who rate Splunk a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

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sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share. Get the full

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