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 Friday, Aug. 26, 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.

Ecolab (ECL) Gates William H III BO 1,393,800 $68,805,048
Morgans Hotel (MHGC) Burkle Ronald W DIR,BO 1,338,600 $8,205,830
Yongye International (YONG) Morgan Stanley DIR,BO 430,200 $1,955,107
Handy & Harman (HNH) SPH Group BO 148,200 $1,876,212
Endeavour International (END) GMT Capital BO 189,055 $1,612,937
Overseas Shipholding Group (OSG) Recanati Oudi DIR,BO 99,900 $1,547,621
Royal Caribbean Cruises (RCL) Fain Richard D CB,CEO
66,000 $1,499,533
Overseas Shipholding Group (OSG) Fribourg Charles DIR 59,795 $905,745
Kraton Performance Polymers (KRA) GMT Capital BO 37,900 $867,152
Kior (KIOR) Peterson Stuart L BO 68,664 $766,330
Douglas Emmett (DEI) Panzer Kenneth M COO,DIR 1,000,000 $17,610,000
Tutor Perini (TPC) Tutor Ronald N CB,CEO
240,000 $3,132,600
Riverbed Technology (RVBD) McCanne Steven CTO,DIR 100,000 $2,152,480
Western Refining (WNR) Foster Paul L CB,DIR
127,500 $2,028,550
Royal Gold (RGLD) Howell S Oden Jr DIR 15,000 $1,054,950
Associated Estates Realty (AEC) Friedman Jeffrey I CB,PR
50,000 $839,500
Monro Muffler Brake (MNRO) Glickman Donald DIR 20,518 $734,403
Intermec (IN) Kemper BO 100,000 $698,440
National Retail Properties (NNN) Habicht Kevin B VP,CFO
24,602 $626,399
Sturm Ruger (RGR) Cosentino John A Jr DIR 15,000 $474,260

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, 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.