Insiders Trading UGI, UAL, ETFC, ECPG

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, August 13, 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.
Peregrine Semiconductor (PSMI) Morgenthaler Partners Vi BO 200,000 2,800,000
Dole Food Co (DOLE) Murdock David H CB,DIR,BO 112,531 1,404,408
UGI (UGI) Hermance Frank S DIR 35,000 1,062,600
United Continental (UAL) Smisek Jeffery A PR,CEO,DIR 55,600 1,000,861
E Trade Financial (ETFC) Petrilli Frank J DIR 119,250 999,995
Iberiabank (IBKC) Cooper Angus R II DIR 20,000 941,885
Vivus (VVUS) Mario Ernest DIR 20,000 434,899
Opko Health (OPK) Frost Phillip MD et al CEO,CB,BO 100,000 424,085
Xpo Logistics (XPO) Fernandez M Sean COO 26,415 396,225
United Continental (UAL) Compton James E VP 13,500 247,050
Source: Insider Insights
Encore Capital (ECPG) Mesdag Willem DIR 1,213,799 33,901,408
Google (GOOG) Shriram Kavitark Ram DIR 50,200 32,635,241
Duff & Phelps (DUF) Levy Sander M DIR 1,794,556 23,777,868
Google (GOOG) Page Lawrence CEO,DIR,BO 27,778 18,174,534
Middleby (MIDD) Bassoul Selim A CEO,CB,PR 137,627 14,901,469
Uni Pixel (UNXL) Raptor Capital Mgt BO 1,037,080 5,444,670
Scripps Networks (SNI) Lowe Kenneth W CB,PR,CEO 83,400 4,992,533
DDR (DDR) Otto Janina BO 274,834 4,097,899
Sl Green Realty (SLG) Mathias Andrew W PR 47,464 3,848,381
Mastercard (MA) Mastercard Foundation BO 7,320 3,105,655
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.