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 Thursday, September 29, 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.

ADPT Corp (ADPT) SPH Group Holdings BO 904,800 $2,439,8600
Valhi (VHI) Simmons Harold C CB,DIR
BO
19,800 $1,033,231
Cumulus Media (CMLS) Dickey Lewis W Sr BO 353,907 $1,028,218
Fedex (FDX) Martin R Brad DIR 6,500 $453,080
Apache (APA) Montgomery William C DIR 4,000 $341,530
Oil States International (OIS) Van Kleef William T DIR 5,000 $272,500
First Opportunity Fund (FOFI) Mildred B Horejsi Trust BO 40,962 $251,736
First Trust High Inc Long/Short Fund (FSD) Cohen Louis N FO 16,000 $249,254
Community Trust Bancorp Ky (CTBI) Parrish M Lynn DIR 10,000 $228,989
Hawaiian Telcom (HCOM) Cellar Kurt Matthew DIR 15,000 $222,654
Source: www.InsiderInsights.com
Autozone (AZO) Lampert Edward S BO 293,024 $95,607,876
Resolute Energy (REN) Hicks Thomas O BO 637,064 $7,646,425
Douglas Emmett (DEI) Emmett Dan A CB,DIR
BO
140,000 $2,469,400
Microsemi (MSCC) Peterson James J PR,CEO
DIR
132,667 $2,275,909
Western Refining (WNR) Foster Paul L CB,DIR
BO
127,500 $1,805,624
Western Refining (WNR) Franklin Mountain Investments BO 85,000 $1,203,750
NIC (EGOV) Hartley Ross C DIR 97,138 $1,132,646
SEI Investments (SEIC) West Alfred P Jr DIR,BO 41,300 $667,200
Microsemi (MSCC) Hohener John W VP,CFO 37,667 $648,198
Rue21 (RUE) Fisch Robert PR,CEO
DIR
25,000 $645,000
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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