Insiders Trading FB, DOLE, ZIP, SCHW

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 20, 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.
Dole Food Co (DOLE) Murdock David H CB,DIR,BO 1,000,000 12,430,000
Tronox (TROX) Casey Thomas CB,CEO,DIR 40,000 1,013,024
Sonus Networks (SONS) Empire Capital Mgt BO 415,919 739,315
MRV Communications (MRVC) Martin William C BO 1,296,100 641,570
Zipcar (ZIP) Case Stephen M DIR,BO 55,024 439,642
Opko Health (OPK) Frost Phillip MD et al CEO,CB,BO 75,000 320,031
Tucows (TCX) Ralls Rawleigh Hazen Iv DIR 277,935 319,474
Pimco Corp & Inc Strat Fd (PCN) Gross William H O 20,000 278,216
Cenveo (CVO) Burton Robert G Sr CB,CEO,DIR 100,000 199,330
Endurance Specialty Holdings (ENH) Moore Scott D DIR 5,000 187,550
Source: Insider Insights
Facebook (FB) Thiel Peter DIR 20,058,068 395,811,616
General Growth Properties (GGP) Schreiber John DIR 10,000,000 184,500,000
Schwab Charles (SCHW) Schwab Charles R CB,DIR,BO 1,500,000 19,811,800
Douglas Emmett (DEI) Anderson Christopher H DIR 400,000 9,448,650
Buckeye Partners (BPL) Wylie Forrest E DIR 130,000 6,746,161
Fleetcor Technologies (FLT) Stull Steven T DIR 150,000 6,425,000
Hunt J B Transport (JBHT) Garrison Earl Wayne DIR 100,000 5,559,960
Vistaprint (VPRT) Keane Robert S CEO,PR,CB 90,000 3,637,223
Bard C R (BCR) Ring Timothy M CB,CEO,DIR 21,923 2,160,902
Watts Water Technologies (WTS) Horne Timothy P BO 50,000 1,918,153
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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