Insiders Trading SPB, FRAN, END, TXN

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 Wednesday, February 01, 2012 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.

Spectrum Brands Holdings (SPB) Harbinger Group BO 42,750 $1,242,420
Endeavour International (END) GMT Capital BO 87,839 $884,633
Federated Investors (FII) Farrell Michael J DIR 47,500 $815,112
Starbucks (SBUX) Ullman Myron E III DIR 10,000 $476,835
First Opportunity Fund (FOFI) Lola Brown Trust BO 17,469 $112,974
Clearfield (CLFD) Roth Ronald G CB,DIR 20,000 $111,785
Harsco (HSC) Harrington Ivor VP 5,000 $111,200
E Trade Financial (ETFC) Petrilli Frank J DIR 11,500 $97,150
Datawatch (DWCH) Morrison Michael Anthony PR,CEO
DIR
5,000 $44,534
Bank Of South Carolina (BKSC) Lane Hugh C Jr PR,CEO
DIR,BO
3,928 $41,239
Source: www.InsiderInsights.com
Mastercard (MA) Mastercard Foundation BO 21,090 $7,469,758
Francesca S Holdings (FRAN) De Meritt John Thomas PR,CEO
BO
300,000 $6,900,000
Texas Instruments (TXN) Lowe Gregg A VP 60,000 $1,930,914
Texas Instruments (TXN) Szczsponik John J Jr VP 30,000 $965,451
Francesca S Holdings (FRAN) Backes Theresa Rose VP,COO 40,900 $940,700
Aegerion Pharmaceuticals (AEGR) Index Venture Associates III BO 50,000 $854,000
Nelnet (NNI) Eicher Todd M O 26,000 $650,000
Cummins (CMI) Chapman Steven M VP 5,000 $523,750
Cardiovascular Systems (CSII) Friedman John H DIR 53,991 $497,999
Texas Instruments (TXN) West Teresa L VP 15,000 $482,742
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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