Insiders Trading TDY PNK FDML EFLO

By Jonathan Moreland, founder of Insider Insights and author of Profit From Legal Insider Trading.

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- It is a victory for common sense. Tracking the trading behavior of company executives, directors and large shareholders in the stocks of firms they're registered in as "insiders" has proven to be profitable, according to both academic studies and (more importantly) the experience of professional investors.

Below are lists of the top 10 mainly open-market insider purchases and sales filed at the Securities and Exchange Commission Monday, July 30, 2012 as ranked by dollar value. Please note, however, that these are only factual lists, not buy and sell recommendations. Dollar value is only one metric to assess the importance of an insider transaction, and, frankly, often not even the most important metric that determines if an insider transaction is significant.

At, we find new investment ideas just about every day using these and more intricate insider screens to determine where we should focus our subsequent fundamental and technical analysis. And while stocks don't (or shouldn't) move up or down based on insider activity alone, insiders tend to be good indicators of when real stock-moving events like earnings surprises, corporate actions, and new products may be in the offing.

So use these regular Top Insider Trades columns as the initial research tools they are meant to be, and click the links in the tables to analyze a company's or insider's full insider history. Also feel free to contact us with any questions on our proprietary insider data, and how it is best analyzed.
EFL Overseas (EFLO) Holloman Value BO 3,250,000 3,900,000
Teledyne Technologies (TDY) Mehrabian Robert CB,PR,CEO 10,000 609,475
Opko Health (OPK) Frost Phillip MD et al CEO,CB,BO 100,000 436,935
CNO Financial (CNO) Long Roger Keith DIR 45,300 362,708
Federal Mogul (FDML) Icahn Carl C CB,DIR,BO 31,900 288,810
Pinnacle Entertainment (PNK) Sanfilippo Anthony Michael PR,CEO,DIR 25,100 242,044
EFL Overseas (EFLO) Macdonald Keith Elliott CEO,DIR 147,361 206,871
Pinnacle Entertainment (PNK) Ruisanchez Carlos VP,CFO 20,000 192,380
Texas Industries (TXI) Ryan Thomas L DIR 2,000 82,580
Natural Grocers (NGVC) Buffa Sandra CFO 4,000 60,000
Source: Insider Insights
Microsoft (MSFT) Gates William H III DIR 5,000,000 146,191,504
Google (GOOG) Schmidt Eric E CB,DIR 88,193 55,237,533
Fidelity National Info Svs (FIS) Hagerty Thomas M DIR 1,140,108 36,452,368
Quality Systems (QSII) Hussein Ahmed D DIR,BO 862,047 13,768,449
Invensense (INVN) Artiman BO 498,105 6,300,045
Amarin Corp Plc Uk (AMRN) Orbimed Advisors DIR 366,300 5,350,691
Motorola Solutions (MSI) Valueact BO 63,877 3,071,301
Qualcomm (QCOM) Stern Marc I DIR 21,500 1,267,597
FXCM (FXCM) Charlestone Venture Holdings BO 102,400 1,080,529
Wells Fargo & Company Mn (WFC) Strother James M VP 30,000 1,017,213
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.