Insiders Trading IMAX, FB, KFN, ZLTQ

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 Thursday, August 9, 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.
IMAX (IMAX) Douglas Kevin BO 300,000 6,536,727
Zeltiq Aesthetics (ZLTQ) Venrock Associates V BO 685,000 3,423,973
Zipcar (ZIP) Case Stephen M DIR,BO 265,976 2,045,267
Kkr Financial (KFN) Hazen Paul DIR 110,000 1,007,474
Facebook (FB) Hastings Reed DIR 47,846 1,006,201
Iridium Communications (IRDM) Baralonco BO 134,218 956,237
General Motors (GM) Akerson Daniel F CB,CEO,DIR 25,000 508,750
Chemtura (CHMT) Cooper Alan S DIR 30,000 468,276
Asure Software (ASUR) Waterfield John Randall DIR 41,700 239,775
Opko Health (OPK) Frost Phillip MD et al CEO,CB,BO 47,500 201,918
Source: Insider Insights
Delek Us (DK) Delek Petroleum BO 3,000,000 71,550,000
Delphi Automotive (DLPH) Elliott International BO 1,495,000 43,414,800
Lamar Advertising (LAMR) Abrams Capital Mgt BO 559,619 18,602,114
Charter Communications (CHTR) Oaktree Opp Investments DIR,BO 166,000 12,511,420
Douglas Emmett (DEI) Anderson Christopher H DIR 500,000 11,743,500
Align Technology (ALGN) Lacob Joseph DIR 300,000 10,490,372
Sirius Xm Radio (SIRI) Frear David J VP,CFO 3,379,900 8,241,210
Linkedin (LNKD) Sordello Steven J VP,CFO 55,400 6,050,183
Asbury Automotive (ABG) Msd Capital BO 175,000 4,729,358
Apple (AAPL) Levinson Arthur D DIR 7,500 4,643,748
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.