Insiders Trading MRC, APOG, AMRN and EVEP

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, April 19, 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.

Nortek (NTK) Ares Corp Opp Fund BO 700,000 28,175,000
Apogee Enterprises (APOG) Puishys Joseph F CEO,PR,DIR 18,600 249,560
EV Energy (EVEP) Houser Mark A PR,CEO,DIR 1,500 93,960
Fusion Telecommunications (FSNN) Rosen Marvin S DIR,BO 555,556 75,000
Babson Capital Part Inv (MPV) Barrett William J TT 4,000 59,000
Opko Health (OPK) Frost Phillip MD CEO,CB,BO 10,000 46,364
Mid Con Energy (MCEP) Berry Robert W DIR 2,000 42,456
Keryx Biopharmaceuticals (KERX) Bentsur Ron CEO,DIR 19,100 24,773
Mercantile Bank (MBWM) Donnelly John F DIR 1,200 18,060
Bank of the Ozarks (OZRK) Reynolds John B DIR 500 15,041
Source: Insider Insights
MRC Global (MRC) Goldman Sachs BO 5,681,818 112,159,088
Amarin Corp Plc (AMRN) Abingworth BO 4,008,341 38,546,132
Rite Aid (RAD) Jean Coutu \(Pjc$4 BO 11,200,000 17,227,800
Middleby (MIDD) Bassoul Selim A CEO,CB,PR 21,084 2,187,465
Conns (CONN) Stephens Warren A BO 84,255 1,614,351
BG Medicine (BGMD) Van Der Meer Pieter BO 200,000 1,320,000
Ross Stores (ROST) Rentler Barbara PR 20,000 1,200,090
Cornerstone Ondemand (CSOD) Miller Adam L CEO,DIR,BO 33,160 705,527
Xerox (XRX) Firestone James A VP 76,877 615,016
Montpelier Re (MRH) Taylor Anthony DIR 25,000 486,893
Source: Insider Insights

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.