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 mainly open-market insider purchases and sales filed at the Securities and Exchange Commission Wednesday, August 31, 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.

Lions Gate Entertainment (LGF) Rachesky Mark H Md DIR,BO 11,040,493 $77,283,448
Ecolab (ECL) Gates William H III BO 394,348 $20,511,124
QLT (QLTI) Axial Capital BO 2,000,000 $14,497,250
Yongye International (YONG) Morgan Stanley DIR,BO 475,864 $2,289,456
Overseas Shipholding Group (OSG) Fribourg Charles DIR 57,000 $1,040,023
Kior (KIOR) Peterson Stuart L BO 38,929 $512,423
L&L Energy (LLEN) Lee Dickson V CB,CEO
DIR,BO
49,411 $419,994
Northstar Realty Finance (NRF) Butcher C Preston DIR 100,000 $378,145
Resource America (REXI) Martin William C BO 83,340 $376,329
Strategic Diagnostics (SDIX) Becker Drapkin Management BO 177,900 $328,927
Source: www.InsiderInsights.com
Kellogg (K) Kellogg WK Foundation BO 106,600 $5,760,217
Douglas Emmett (DEI) Emmett Dan A CB,DIR
BO
140,000 $2,476,040
Total System Services (TSS) Blanchard James H DIR 112,050 $2,013,841
Priceline.Com (PCLN) Guyette James M DIR 2,800 $1,470,112
NxStage Medical (NXTM) Reid Perper DIR 78,540 $1,455,539
QLT (QLTI) NB Public Equity BO 200,000 $1,416,860
Hms Holdings (HMSY) Holster Robert M DIR 40,000 $1,034,000
O Reilly Automotive (ORLY) Oreilly Lawrence P DIR 15,400 $1,003,310
Stryker (SYK) Stryker Ronda E DIR 18,000 $867,793
Buckeye Partners LP (BPL) Schmidt William H Jr VP,GC 11,207 $698,222
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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