Insiders Trading DSW, Y, GPRE

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, March 23, 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.

Vantiv (VNTV) Ryan Thomas M DIR 60,000 $1,020,000
Alleghany (Y) Brandon Joseph Patrick VP 500 $164,025
First Opportunity Fund (FOFI) Lola Brown Trust BO 14,902 $102,426
First United Corp (FUNC) Walls H Andrew III DIR 14,715 $80,933
Opko Health (OPK) Frost Phillip Md CEO,CB
15,000 $72,200
Nanophase Technologies (NANX) Whitmore Bradford T BO 237,323 $71,759
Rentech (RTK) Spain Jeffrey Richard VP 29,000 $60,030
Swift Energy (SFY) Swindells Charles J DIR 2,000 $59,500
NN (NNBR) Morris G Ronald DIR 5,000 $44,700
Futurefuel (FF) Levy Edwin A DIR 4,200 $44,160
DSW (DSW) Schottenstein Jay L CB,DIR
2,015,224 $107,542,344
Green Plains Renewable Energy (GPRE) NTR Plc BO 7,150,000 $71,929,000
Responsys (MKTG) Springer Daniel D CEO,DIR 200,000 $2,394,220
LKQ (LKQX) Flynn Kevin F DIR 72,845 $2,300,044
Linkedin (LNKD) Sordello Steven J VP,CFO 20,000 $2,000,000
Linkedin (LNKD) Gamson Michael VP,SO 20,000 $1,954,712
Validus Holdings (VR) Singh Alok DIR 60,100 $1,817,550
Visa (V) Saunders Joseph W CB,CEO
12,420 $1,452,395
SEI Investments (SEIC) West Alfred P Jr BO 61,839 $1,318,408
Synchronoss Technologies (SNCR) Waldis Stephen G CEO,CB
40,000 $1,285,600

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.