Insiders Trading SIRI, STRI, KMI, DNKN

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 Friday, Aug. 17, 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.
Sirius Xm Radio (SIRI) Liberty Media BO 4,348,369 10,979,936
Str (STRI) Red Mountain Capital BO 338,121 1,147,413
Nexpoint Credit Strat Fd (HCF) Dondero James D O 153,678 999,998
Ares Commercial RE (ACRE) Arougheti Michael J DIR 46,800 769,439
Careview Communications (CRVW) Johnson Steven G PR,COO,DIR,BO 251,750 265,991
Opko Health (OPK) Frost Phillip MD et al CEO,CB,BO 60,000 253,759
Alleghany (Y) Brandon Joseph Patrick VP 600 201,053
Ambassadors (EPAX) Kamin Peter H DIR 34,215 177,587
Altisource Portfolio (ASPS) Linn W Michael DIR 1,900 167,105
Forbes Energy Services (FES) Forbes Charles C VP,COO,DIR 46,973 164,506
Source: Insider Insights
Kinder Morgan (KMI) Goldman Sachs DIR,BO 32,741,080 1,129,894,656
Dunkin Brands (DNKN) Bain Capital Investors BO 12,242,613 367,278,400
Google (GOOG) Shriram Kavitark Ram DIR 145,200 98,010,000
Trimas (TRS) Heartland Industrial Assoc BO 1,500,000 31,125,000
Western Refining (WNR) Stevens Jeff A PR,CEO,DIR 380,000 10,310,217
Kellogg (K) Kellogg W K Foundation BO 155,000 7,905,016
Golub Capital Bdc (GBDC) Golub Lawrence E CB,DIR,BO 462,000 7,059,360
F5 Networks (FFIV) McAdam John PR,CEO,DIR 50,000 4,983,516
ZAGG (ZAGG) Pedersen Robert G II CB,CEO,BO 515,000 4,234,021
Skyworks Solutions (SWKS) Waters Gregory L VP 125,173 3,597,159
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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