Insiders Trading SFD, VG, RTLX, YRCW

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, September 21, 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.

VMware (VMW) Emc Corp BO 51,118 $4,582,955
Retalix (RTLX) Flatbush Watermill BO 302,000 $4,077,000
Smithfield Foods (SFD) Luter Joseph W III DIR 200,000 $3,818,000
Layne Christensen (LAYN) Robichaud Rene J PR,DIR 42,131 $1,000,763
Cumulus Media (CMLS) Crestview Radio Investors DIR,BO 406,890 $954,116
Colfax Corp (CFX) Jordan Rhonda L DIR 25,000 $577,672
Valhi (VHI) Simmons Harold C CB,DIR
10,000 $533,000
Nustar GP Holdings (NSH) Greehey William E DIR,BO 12,200 $396,907
Patriot Coal (PCX) Hatfield Bennett K VP,COO 30,000 $360,300
Aflac (AFL) Purdom E Stephen DIR 10,000 $352,000
YRC Worldwide (YRCW) Owl Creek Asset Management BO 96,997,448 $7,082,564
Acme Packet (APKT) Melampy Patrick J CTO,DIR 60,000 $2,954,577
Vonage Holdings (VG) Citron Jeffrey A DIR,BO 400,000 $1,179,715
Visa (V) Saunders Joseph W CB,CEO
12,420 $1,114,943
Mako Surgical (MAKO) Ferre Maurice R PR,CEO
28,000 $1,111,468
Heartland Payment Systems (HPY) Carr Robert O CB,CEO
29,984 $643,060
Biodel (BIOD) Steiner Solomon DIR 316,517 $373,277
Cash America International (CSH) Feehan Daniel R CEO,PR
5,200 $318,016
Gallagher Arthur J (AJG) Howell Douglas K VP,CFO 7,752 $218,374
Miller Industries (MLR) Miller William G CB,DIR 10,900 $203,383

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.