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Yesterday, Dec. 17, 2014, 81 U.S. common stocks issued filings of shares being bought or sold by insiders. The transactions ranged in value from $68.97 to $30,520,350.00.

Highlighted Stocks Traded by Insiders:

Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) - FREE Research Report

Skidmore David K, who is Director at Energy Transfer Partners, bought 2,000 shares at $62.64 on Dec. 17, 2014. Following this transaction, the Director owned 3,010 shares meaning that the stake was boosted by 198.02% with the 2,000-share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $63.39, up $0.75, or 1.18% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for Energy Transfer Partners go as follows:

  • 4-Week # shares bought: 80
  • 12-Week # shares bought: 80
  • 24-Week # shares bought: 80

The average volume for Energy Transfer Partners has been 1.9 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Energy Transfer Partners has a market cap of $20.9 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are up 7.35% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. is engaged in the natural gas midstream, and intrastate transportation and storage businesses in the United States. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 6.57%. The company has a P/E ratio of 494.3. Currently, there are 9 analysts who rate Energy Transfer Partners a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

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rates Energy Transfer Partners as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full

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Ciena (CIEN) - FREE Research Report

Alexander Stephen B, who is Sr VP Chief Technology Officer at Ciena, sold 3,500 shares at $18.39 on Dec. 17, 2014. Following this transaction, the Sr VP Chief Technology Officer owned 145,951 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 2.34% with the 3,500-share transaction.

Cash Harvey B, who is Director at Ciena, sold 1,000 shares at $18.25 on Dec. 17, 2014. Following this transaction, the Director owned 78,559 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 1.26% with the 1,000-share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $18.59, up $0.34, or 1.83% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for Ciena go as follows:

  • 4-Week # shares bought: 5,000
  • 4-Week # shares sold: 1,000
  • 12-Week # shares bought: 5,000
  • 12-Week # shares sold: 10,500
  • 24-Week # shares bought: 5,000
  • 24-Week # shares sold: 79,812

The average volume for Ciena has been 3.6 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Ciena has a market cap of $1.9 billion and is part of the technology sector and telecommunications industry. Shares are down 24.53% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Ciena Corporation provides communications networking equipment, software, and services that support the transport, switching, aggregation, and management of voice, video, and data traffic worldwide. Currently, there are 14 analysts who rate Ciena a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

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rates Ciena as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full

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A M Castle (CAS) - FREE Research Report

Dolan Scott J, who is President and CEO at A M Castle, bought 13,700 shares at $6.90 on Dec. 17, 2014. Following this transaction, the President and CEO owned 181,677 shares meaning that the stake was boosted by 8.16% with the 13,700-share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $6.94, up $0.04, or 0.58% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for A M Castle go as follows:

  • 4-Week # shares bought: 1,600
  • 4-Week # shares sold: 2,500
  • 12-Week # shares bought: 15,900
  • 12-Week # shares sold: 2,500
  • 24-Week # shares bought: 57,400
  • 24-Week # shares sold: 2,500

The average volume for A M Castle has been 246,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. A M Castle has a market cap of $159.6 million and is part of the industrial goods sector and industrial industry. Shares are down 54.43% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

A. M. Castle & Co., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a specialty metals and plastics distribution company. The company operates through two segments, Metals and Plastics. Currently, there is 1 analyst who rates A M Castle a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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rates A M Castle as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and feeble growth in its earnings per share. Get the full

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