Insiders Trading SNTA, VMW, ENSG, AFG

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, July 2, 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.
VMware (VMW) EMC BO 59,528 4,998,751
Synta Pharmaceuticals (SNTA) Kovner Bruce DIR,BO 910,000 4,959,318
Synta Pharmaceuticals (SNTA) Gollust Keith R DIR 150,000 801,900
Dynegy (DYN) Litespeed Management BO 932,555 540,779
Williams Sonoma (WSM) Dillon Adrian T DIR 7,555 250,353
Genesco (GCO) Marshall Thurgood Jr DIR 3,600 211,499
EXA (EXA) Mackie Wayne D DIR 20,000 200,000
Opko Health (OPK) Frost Phillip MD et al CEO,CB,BO 42,500 195,077
Urologix (ULGX) Warren Stryker Jr CEO,DIR 200,000 150,000
Anthera Pharmaceuticals (ANTH) Henney Christopher S DIR 200,000 149,860
Source: Insider Insights
Ensign (ENSG) Christensen Roy E CB,DIR 104,911 2,978,862
Ensign (ENSG) Christensen Christopher R PR,CEO,DIR 68,800 1,972,200
American Financial (AFG) Lindner S Craig CEO,PR,DIR 49,600 1,944,206
Cardtronics (CATM) Clinard Michael H PR 50,000 1,500,500
Hollyfrontier (HFC) Damiris George John VP,SO 30,000 1,066,800
Nuance Communications (NUAN) Chambers Steven G PR,SO 36,829 873,647
Portfolio Recovery Associates (PRAA) Fredrickson Steven D PR,CEO,CB,DIR 9,000 802,329
Laredo Petroleum (LPI) Curth Patrick J VP 30,619 616,839
Insperity (NSP) Sarvadi Paul J CB,CEO,DIR 16,500 443,023
Eagle Rock Energy Partners (EROC) Wood Jeffrey P VP,CFO 36,335 327,740
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 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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