Insiders Trading TIF, SPB, GNC

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 Monday, March 26, 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.

Umami Sustainable Seafood (UMAM) Atlantis Group BO 7,000,000 $18,000,000
Spectrum Brands (SPB) Harbinger Group BO 128,900 $4,253,292
Sunrise Senior Living (SRZ) Carlson Capital LP BO 50,000 $356,325
Parametric Sound (PAMT) Norris Elwood G PR,DIR
44,500 $200,250
Basic Energy Services (BAS) Moore Thomas Jr DIR 11,000 $187,440
Opko Health (OPK) Frost Phillip Md CEO,CB
33,000 $159,968
Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services (LTS) Frost Phillip Md DIR,BO 50,000 $93,443
Firstenergy (FE) Pappas Christopher D DIR 2,000 $89,630
Center Bancorp (CNBC) Seidman Lawrence B DIR,BO 7,632 $76,703
Parkway Properties (PKY) Dotter Laurie L DIR 5,900 $73,398
GNC Holdings (GNC) Ontario Teachers Pension Plan Board DIR,BO 1,409,313 $45,441,608
GNC Holdings (GNC) Ares Corporate Opportunities Fund DIR,BO 1,105,690 $37,040,616
Tiffany (TIF) May Peter W DIR 397,647 $28,705,338
Morgans Hotel (MHGC) Burkle Ronald W DIR,BO 1,338,600 $7,064,060
Energy Partners (EPL) Wexford Capital BO 308,232 $5,401,457
Validus Holdings (VR) Singh Alok DIR 92,800 $2,809,149
Express (EXPR) Rafferty John J VP 100,000 $2,550,720
Express (EXPR) Weiss Michael A PR,CEO
89,607 $2,293,626
Calavo Growers (CVGW) Cole Lecil E CB,CEO
64,832 $1,758,418
Limited Brands (LTD) McGuigan Charles PR 32,241 $1,574,006

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.