Insiders Trading ET, CPWM, CHRS and RNR

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 Thursday, March 29, 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 (SPB) Harbinger Group BO 145,500 $5,018,295
Exacttarget (ET) Greenspring Crossover Ventures BO 200,000 $3,800,000
Charming Shoppes (CHRS) Cooperman Leon G BO 432,600 $2,423,680
Rait Financial Trust (RAS) Rima Senvest Management BO 210,712 $1,063,060
Derma Sciences (DSCI) Martin William C BO 100,000 $925,000
Sandridge Energy (SD) Jordan Daniel DIR 50,000 $392,500
Comverge (COMV) Martin William C BO 141,094 $247,987
Portsmouth Square (PRSI) Intergroup BO 5,000 $125,000
Paramount Gold & Silver (PZG) Crupi Christopher CEO,DIR 50,000 $109,605
Camac Energy (CAK) Lawal Kase Lukman CB,CEO
105,000 $103,950
Google (GOOG) Schmidt Eric E CB,DIR 100,000 $65,223,345
Cost Plus (CPWM) Stephens Investments BO 150,000 $2,669,503
RenaissanceRE (RNR) Odonnell Kevin PR 32,499 $2,437,425
Kellogg (K) Kellogg WK Foundation BO 42,900 $2,282,134
Energy Partners (EPL) Wexford Capital BO 131,329 $2,262,480
SEI Investments (SEIC) West Alfred P Jr BO 103,161 $2,181,795
FBL Financial (FFG) Hohmann James E CEO,DIR 58,262 $2,039,170
Abbott Laboratories (ABT) Linder Greg W VP 29,331 $1,799,457
Trans World (TWOC) Marxe Austin W & Greenhouse David M BO 500,000 $1,410,000
Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD) Dove Timothy L PR,COO 13,000 $1,379,790

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.