Insiders Trading LNKD, TXI, SRZ and WTW

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 Wednesday, April 11, 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.

Texas Industries (TXI) NNS Holding BO 119,519 $4,023,039
Universal Stainless (USAP) Pennant Capital BO 33,339 $1,398,998
Sunrise Senior Living (SRZ) Carlson Capital BO 163,736 $968,825
Winmark (WINA) Morgan John L CB,CEO
DIR,BO
4,000 $212,000
Valhi (VHI) Simmons Harold C CB,DIR
BO
4,000 $192,300
First Opportunity Fund (FOFI) Adams Nicholas C FO 22,144 $159,982
Acuity Brands (AYI) Wesley Norman H DIR 3,000 $159,330
MVC Capital (MVC) Tokarz Michael T CB,DIR 10,108 $131,808
Paulson Capital Corp (PLCC) Pratt Shannon DIR 67,000 $77,679
Center Bancorp (CNBC) Seidman Lawrence B DIR,BO 6,600 $66,198
Source: www.InsiderInsights.com
Weight Watchers (WTW) Westend SA BO 9,498,804 $778,901,952
Google (GOOG) Page Lawrence CEO,DIR
BO
27,778 $17,617,910
LinkedIn (LNKD) Sordello Steven J VP,CFO 50,000 $4,900,326
Kaiser Aluminum (KALU) Veba For Retirees Of Kaiser Aluminum BO 27,500 $1,317,800
Acacia Research (ACTG) Harris Robert L CB,DIR 24,167 $954,597
Lions Gate Entertainment (LGF) Beeks Steve COO 70,000 $899,500
Ross Stores (ROST) Panattoni Lisa R VP 14,849 $859,007
Lions Gate Entertainment (LGF) Levin Wayne VP,GC 60,000 $750,600
LinkedIn (LNKD) Nishar Dipchand VP 7,677 $750,023
Broadsoft (BSFT) Hoffpauir Scott D CTO 16,000 $622,560
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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