Insiders Trading XCO, EXPR, HTLD, IT

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 Friday, December 16, 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.

Exco Resources (XCO) Oaktree Capital Group DIR,BO 2,000,000 $19,790,100
Heartland Express (HTLD) Crouse Lawrence D DIR,BO 648,000 $8,874,360
Viropharma (VPHM) Baker Brothers Life Sciences Capital BO 291,706 $7,960,161
China Biologic Products (CBPO) Warburg Pincus Private Equity DIR,BO 253,461 $2,880,428
Memorial Production Partners (MEMP) Weinzierl John A PR,CEO
105,263 $1,999,997
Glu Mobile (GLUU) Drapkin Matthew A DIR 447,097 $1,341,291
United Therapeutics Corp (UTHR) Rothblatt Martine A CEO,DIR 12,701 $539,133
Endocyte (ECYT) Bailey Douglas G DIR 125,000 $420,000
Complete Genomics (GNOM) Enterprise Partners BO 100,000 $305,000
Active Power (ACPW) Kinderhook Partners BO 376,616 $222,203
Express (EXPR) Multi Channel Retail Holdings BO 35,868,000 $685,078,784
Gartner (IT) Valueact Holdings DIR 1,648,434 $58,024,876
Novellus Systems (NVLS) Hill Richard CEO,DIR 121,708 $5,114,706
Abbott Laboratories (ABT) Hance Robert B VP 77,885 $4,229,604
Synchronoss Technologies (SNCR) Waldis Stephen G PR,CEO
40,000 $1,161,200
Priceline.Com (PCLN) Boyd Jeffery H PR,CEO
2,000 $902,068
Northern Oil And Gas (NOG) Gilbertson Ryan Randall PR 37,291 $831,127
Heinz HJ (HNZ) Peltz Nelson DIR 15,250 $808,250
Amazon.Com (AMZN) Kessel Steven VP 3,500 $637,000
Alexander & Baldwin (ALEX) Doane W Allen Jr DIR 15,000 $609,432

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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