Insiders Trading VPHM, BDF, AMSC, HS

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 Monday, October 03, 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.

Viropharma (VPHM) Baker Brothers Life Sciences Capital BO 898,096 $16,021,146
American Superconductor (AMSC) Douglas Kevin BO 938,000 $4,085,360
Exco Resources (XCO) Wl Ross & Co BO 337,400 $3,768,758
Cumulus Media (CMLS) Dickey Lewis W Sr BO 349,788 $990,518
Saga Communications (SGA) Towerview Llc BO 27,899 $774,993
Sandridge Energy (SD) Oliver Roy T Jr DIR 100,000 $592,610
Valhi (VHI) Simmons Harold C CB,DIR
10,000 $524,999
American Railcar Industries (ARII) Icahn Carl C DIR,BO 28,700 $436,161
Quinstreet (QNST) Solomon Glenn DIR 24,307 $252,882
157th Street General Acquisition (CRMB) Marxe Austin W & Greenhouse David M BO 57,477 $192,548
Rivus Bond Fund (BDF) MBIA A 44,700 $816,586
Healthspring (HS) Fritch Herbert A CB,CEO
7,500 $268,950
Elephant Talk Communications (ETAK) Zuurbier Martin CTO,DIR 80,450 $241,830
Raytheon (RTN) Wood Michael J VP,CT
4,500 $184,095
Intermec (IN) Kemper Corp Master Retirement Trust BO 25,629 $164,489
NIC (EGOV) Hartley Ross C DIR 12,731 $146,955
SEI Investments (SEIC) West Alfred P Jr DIR,BO 8,700 $139,026
Tupperware Brands (TUP) Poteshman Michael S VP,CFO 2,000 $106,000
Primerica (PRI) Schneider Peter W VP,GC 4,736 $100,034
Clean Energy Fuels (CLNE) Littlefair Andrew J CEO,PR
8,000 $88,080

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.

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