Insiders Trading OPK, MSCC, KRA, ALKS

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 Tuesday, October 04, 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.

Opko Health (OPK) Frost Phillip Md CEO,CB
DIR,BO
2,452,222 $8,827,999
Kraton Performance Polymers (KRA) GMT Capital BO 135,700 $2,201,892
Pharmacyclics (PCYC) Baker Biotech Capital BO 111,163 $1,293,933
Armour Residential Reit (ARR) Staton Daniel C DIR 150,000 $943,500
Saga Communications (SGA) Towerview Llc BO 27,197 $730,839
Valhi (VHI) Simmons Harold C CB,DIR
BO
10,000 $507,302
Keyw Holding (KEYW) Hannon John G DIR 71,530 $498,471
Armour Residential Reit (ARR) Guba Thomas K DIR 50,000 $275,000
Goodrich Petroleum (GDP) Malloy Patrick E CB,DIR
BO
20,000 $227,900
Smithfield Foods (SFD) Pope C Larry PR,DIR 10,000 $189,500
Source: www.InsiderInsights.com
Autozone (AZO) Lampert Edward S BO 19,567 $6,356,858
Microsemi (MSCC) Peterson James J PR,CEO
DIR
115,000 $1,791,814
Alkermes (ALKS) Pops Richard F CEO,DIR 100,000 $1,433,432
Bridgepoint Education (BPI) Clark Andrew S CEO,DIR 44,974 $761,718
Alkermes Plc (ALKS) Landine Michael J VP 50,000 $721,693
Jabil Circuit (JBL) Morean William D DIR 39,550 $720,640
Hampden Bancorp (HBNK) Investors Of America Limited Partnership BO 42,000 $546,000
Intercontinentalexchange (ICE) Vice Charles A PR,COO 3,600 $430,380
Bridgepoint Education (BPI) Sheng Rodney T VP 20,833 $352,757
Nuance Communications (NUAN) Chambers Steven G VP,SO 16,059 $324,392
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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