Insiders Trading NS SMG AGCO HOTT

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 Wednesday, September 12, 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.
Nustar Energy (NS) Greehey William E DIR 490,000 23,980,600
AGCO (AGCO) Srinivasan Mallika DIR 114,079 5,063,815
Providence Service (PRSC) Coliseum Capital Mgt DIR,BO 146,026 1,825,455
Hot Topic (HOTT) Becker Steven R DIR 51,553 469,980
BR Build Amer Bond Tr (BBN) Harris Jerrold B DIR 12,200 287,218
Opko Health (OPK) Frost Phillip MD et al CEO,CB,BO 60,000 262,938
Thomas Properties (TPGI) Thomas James A CB,PR,CEO 35,700 202,865
Francescas (FRAN) Emmett Richard J DIR 5,000 145,050
Dgt (DGTC) SPH Group BO 10,600 132,796
First Opportunity Fund (FOFI) Adams Nicholas C FO 17,996 131,760
Source: Insider Insights
Warner (WCRX) Murray Stephen DIR 14,000,000 183,400,000
Google (GOOG) Page Lawrence CEO,DIR,BO 27,778 19,136,526
Zillow (Z) Frink Lloyd D VCB,PR,BO 260,400 11,171,662
Zillow (Z) Barton Richard CB,DIR,BO 256,150 11,000,390
Miracle Gro (SMG) Hagedorn Partnership BO 254,037 10,961,697
Asbury Auto (ABG) Msd Capital BO 223,400 6,679,128
Linkedin (LNKD) Sordello Steven VP,CFO 50,000 5,905,507
Endologix (ELGX) Essex Woodlands Hlth BO 461,892 5,609,540
Vocera (VCRA) Zollars Robert CEO,DIR 199,597 5,437,222
Drew (DW) Rose Ed III DIR 111,363 3,232,207
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.