Insiders Trading SRZ, BEN, SPB, ACAS

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 Tuesday, December 27, 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.

Sunrise Senior Living (SRZ) Carlson Capital BO 230,688 $1,379,953
Spectrum Brands (SPB) Harbinger Group BO 33,450 $902,691
Fastenal (FAST) Lundquist Nicholas J VP 10,000 $433,050
Support.Com (SPRT) RGM Capital BO 43,263 $78,955
Bonanza Creek Energy (BCEI) Starzer Michael R PR,CEO
4,000 $55,360
China Transinfo Technology (CTFO) Xia Shudong CEO,PR
15,041 $53,834
Chimera Investment (CIM) Keenan Paul A DIR 19,526 $53,501
Chimera Investment (CIM) Creagh Gerard DIR 19,252 $52,750
Chimera Investment Corp (CIM) Reilly John Patrick DIR 19,070 $52,252
Opko Health (OPK) Frost Phillip Md CEO,CB
10,000 $47,866
Intuit (INTU) Batchelder David H DIR 1,045,581 $55,524,288
Franklin Resources (BEN) Johnson Rupert H Jr VCB,DIR
200,000 $19,080,000
American Capital (ACAS) Paulson & Co BO 2,153,200 $15,395,912
Carnival (CCL) Frank Howard S VCB,COO
124,603 $4,131,811
Yahoo (YHOO) Filo David O 166,500 $2,687,893
Marriott Vacations Worldwide (VAC) Marriott Richard E BO 116,313 $2,014,361
Contango Oil & Gas (MCF) Schoonover Steven L DIR 26,000 $1,538,340
Stryker (SYK) Stryker Ronda E DIR 18,000 $889,432
Union Pacific (UNP) Knight Robert M Jr VP,CFO 5,000 $525,000
Tech Data (TECD) Dutkowsky Robert M CEO,DIR 10,000 $509,500

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.

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