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Friday, Feb. 20, 2015, 91 U.S. common stocks issued filings of shares being bought or sold by insiders. The transactions ranged in value from $98.84 to $10,479,200.00.

Highlighted Stocks Traded by Insiders:

USG (USG) - FREE Research Report

Griffin Christopher R., who is Executive Vice President at USG, sold 20,000 shares at $29.53 on Feb. 20, 2015. Following this transaction, the Executive Vice President owned 108,575 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 15.56% with the 20,000-share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $29.42, down $0.11, or 0.38% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for USG go as follows:

  • 4-Week # shares sold: 10,000
  • 12-Week # shares sold: 10,000
  • 24-Week # shares sold: 20,000

The average volume for USG has been 1.5 million shares per day over the past 30 days. USG has a market cap of $4.3 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and materials & construction industry. Shares are up 4.64% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

USG Corporation, through its subsidiaries, operates as a manufacturer and distributor of building materials worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 113.3. Currently, there are 5 analysts who rate USG a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

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rates USG as a

hold

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

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Cognizant Technology Solutions (CTSH) - FREE Research Report

Chatterjee Debashis, who is EVP, President Technology Sol. at Cognizant Technology Solutions, sold 900 shares at $61.00 on Feb. 20, 2015. Following this transaction, the EVP, President Technology Sol. owned 26,010 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 3.34% with the 900-share transaction.

Chintamaneni Ramakrishna Prasad, who is EVP, Pres Banking & Fin. Serv. at Cognizant Technology Solutions, sold 6,000 shares at $60.38 on Feb. 20, 2015. Following this transaction, the EVP, Pres Banking & Fin. Serv. owned 35,775 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 14.36% with the 6,000-share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $62.01, up $1.63, or 2.64% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for Cognizant Technology Solutions go as follows:

  • 4-Week # shares sold: 148,143
  • 12-Week # shares sold: 255,285
  • 24-Week # shares bought: 7,500
  • 24-Week # shares sold: 354,258

The average volume for Cognizant Technology Solutions has been 4.1 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Cognizant Technology Solutions has a market cap of $37.8 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. Shares are up 19.73% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation provides information technology (IT), consulting, and business process services worldwide. The company operates in four segments: Financial Services, Healthcare, Manufacturing/Retail/Logistics, and Other. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.9. Currently, there are 13 analysts who rate Cognizant Technology Solutions a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

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rates Cognizant Technology Solutions as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share 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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Ryland Group (RYL) - FREE Research Report

Milne Gordon A, who is Executive Vice President at Ryland Group, sold 10,000 shares at $45.06 on Feb. 20, 2015. Following this transaction, the Executive Vice President owned 114,742 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 8.02% with the 10,000-share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $44.56, down $0.50, or 1.11% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for Ryland Group go as follows:

  • 4-Week # shares sold: 40,266
  • 12-Week # shares sold: 40,266
  • 24-Week # shares sold: 56,363

The average volume for Ryland Group has been 1.0 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Ryland Group has a market cap of $2.1 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and materials & construction industry. Shares are up 16.49% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

The Ryland Group, Inc. operates as a homebuilder and a mortgage-finance company in the United States. It is engaged in building single-family detached homes; and attached homes, such as townhomes, condominiums, and mid-rise buildings, as well as in the sale of land and lots. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 0.27%. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.6. Currently, there are 7 analysts who rate Ryland Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

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buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full

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