Insiders Trading HALO, ULTA, HES, NVR

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, May 17, 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.

Halozyme Therapeutics (HALO) Kirk Randal J DIR,BO 1,071,498 7,951,403
Republic Services (RSG) Cascade Investment BO 209,346 5,348,811
Str (STRI) Red Mountain Capital BO 779,802 3,401,793
Autonation (AN) Cascade Investment BO 64,340 2,240,261
Basic Energy Services (BAS) Webster Steven A DIR 175,000 2,046,613
Hess (HES) Von Metzsch Ernst H DIR 20,000 916,760
Steel Excel (SXCL) SPH Group BO 28,200 797,430
Alleghany (Y) Brandon Joseph Patrick VP 1,350 447,971
W P Carey & Co (WPC) Parente Charles E DIR 10,000 432,900
Gse Systems (GVP) NGP Energy Technology II BO 148,261 370,324
Source: Insider Insights
Ulta Salon Cosmetics (ULTA) Heilbronn Charles DIR 8,050,000 652,532,992
Charter Communications (CHTR) Apollo Management Gp BO 191,323 12,542,661
NVR (NVR) Johnson Manuel H DIR 10,000 8,205,800
Validus Holdings (VR) Singh Alok DIR 237,909 7,801,441
NVR (NVR) Saville Paul C CEO 6,900 5,742,870
Bunge (BG) Weisser Alberto CEO,DIR 90,000 5,554,180
Texas Roadhouse (TXRH) Taylor Wayne Kent CB,CEO,BO 188,793 3,424,705
FMC (FMC) Steele Milton PR,PT 21,150 2,204,888
Qlogic (QLGC) Desai Hk CB,DIR 100,000 1,517,250
Grand Canyon Education (LOPE) Richardson Christopher C O 78,489 1,414,320
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.

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