By Jonathan Moreland, founder of and author of Profit From Legal Insider Trading.

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Which insiders are selling and buying chunks of stocks?

Below are lists of the top 10 open-market insider purchases and sales filed at the Securities and Exchange Commission Thursday as ranked by dollar value. Company executives and directors are in the best position to assess the attractiveness of their firms' shares, and here is how many of them are voting their wallets! Please note, however, that these are factual lists, not buy and sell recommendations. Dollar value is only one metric to assess the importance of an insider transaction.
American Superconductor (AMSC) Douglas Kevin
200,000 $6,016,054
Ormat Technologies (ORA) Ormat Industries Ltd
156,400 $4,227,299
Steel Dynamics (STLD) Edgerley Paul B
297,100 $4,144,139
Legg Mason (LM) Peltz Nelson
144,600 $4,060,397
FBR Capital Markets (FBCM) Crestview Partners Gp LP
404,836 $1,654,699
Saga Communications (SGA) Towerview LLC
68,800 $1,651,200
Forward Industries (FORD) Johnson Frank L
330,604 $1,638,076
Futurefuel (FTFL) Lorenzini Paul G
246,000 $1,549,800
Cabelas (CAB) Mark Reuben
73,800 $1,209,150
Firstmerit Corp (FMER) Lloyd Philip A
55,010 $1,001,182
Gap (GPS) Fisher Doris F
263,880 $5,822,934
Estee Lauder Companies (EL) Lauder Leonard A
70,000 $4,024,287
Contango Oil Gas (MCF) Reimer Charles M
46,433 $2,222,475
Synaptics (SYNA) Lee Francis F
51,247 $1,516,923
American Science Engineering (ASEI) Fabiano Anthony R
14,614 $1,041,497
Salesforce.Com (CRM) Benioff Marc
10,000 $863,061
Kirkland (KIRK) Alderson Robert E
37,900 $819,684
Monotype Imaging Holdings (TYPE) Ta Associates Inc
64,644 $619,010
Liquidity Services (LQDT) Mateus Tique Jaime
42,000 $554,820
Mindspeed Technologies (MSPD) Halim Raouf Y
63,920 $510,018

Key to Titles: A=Assistant, AI=Affiliated Investor, AO=Accounting Officer, BD=Business Development, BO=Beneficial Owner, CAO=Chief Accounting Officer, CB=Chairman, CCO=Chief Compliance Officer, CEO=Chief Executive Officer, CFO=Chief Financial Officer, CIO=Chief Information Officer, CO=Compliance Officer, COO=Chief Operating Officer, CT=Controller, CTO=Chief Technology Officer, DIR=Director, F=Founder, FO=Financial Officer, GC=General Counsel, HR=Human Resources, IO=Information Officer, IR=Investor Relations, LO=Legal Officer, MD=Managing Director, O=Officer, OO=Operating Officer, PR=President, PT=Partner, REL=Relative of an insider, SEC=Secretary, SH=Shareholder, SO=Sales Officer, TO=Technology Officer, TR=Treasurer, TT=Trustee, VCB=Vice Chairman, VP=Vice President, X=Ex Officer or other title displayed.
Jonathan Moreland is the founder of, 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 advisor in New York. Mr. Moreland has been analyzing insider data professionally for two decades and has been a contributor to 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; click here to send him an email.

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