By Jonathan Moreland, founder of Insider Insights 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 Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011 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.

Mueller Industries (MLI) Leucadia National BO 988,969 $36,646,268
Carters (CRI) Berkshire Partners BO 1,159,298 $34,007,034
Exco Resources Inc (XCO) WL Ross & Co BO 1,600,000 $20,602,108
Ligand Pharmaceuticals (LGND) BVF Partners BO 599,700 $6,586,260
Energy Transfer Equity (ETE) Warren Kelcy L DIR,BO 88,200 $3,259,024
Federal Mogul (FDML) Icahn Carl C CB,DIR
BO
139,899 $2,132,471
Claymore Inflation Linked Opp Fund (WIW) Cascade Investment BO 158,979 $1,997,031
Kior (KIOR) Peterson Stuart L BO 181,717 $1,810,420
Equity One (EQY) Katzman Chaim CB,DIR
BO
111,700 $1,782,351
Developers Diversified Realty (DDR) Ahern Terrance R DIR 100,000 $1,113,000
Source: www.InsiderInsights.com
First Solar (FSLR) Ahearn Michael J DIR 687,916 $68,570,848
Netapp (NTAP) Warmenhoven Daniel J DIR 38,030 $1,936,336
Altera (ALTR) Plofsky Jordan VP,OO 50,000 $1,765,845
Bard CR (BCR) Ring Timothy M CB,CEO
DIR
12,259 $1,104,014
Stryker (SYK) Stryker Ronda E DIR 18,000 $856,231
Bard CR (BCR) Weiland John H PR,COO
DIR
8,085 $714,968
Synchronoss Technologies (SNCR) McCormick James M DIR,BO 24,800 $708,946
Parkway Properties (PKY) Rogers Steven G PR,CEO
DIR
39,000 $507,991
Amyris (AMRS) Renninger Neil CTO,DIR 25,000 $499,720
Cardiovascular Systems (CSII) Martin David PR,CEO
DIR
18,355 $252,693
Source: www.InsiderInsights.com

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, EVP=Executive Vice President, 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 InsiderInsights.com, 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 TheStreet.com 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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