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, September 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.
Stone Energy (SGY) Powell Donald DIR 50,000 5,325,000
Layne (LAYN) Obus Nelson DIR 50,000 902,500
Halcon Res (HK) Christmas James DIR 100,000 724,000
Healthcare Trust (HTA) Fix Warren D DIR 22,000 214,302
Artisanal Brands (AHFP) Fred Perkins III Trust BO 400,000 200,000
Abtech (ABHD) Kohlhagen Steven W DIR 240,000 184,800
Asure Software (ASUR) Red Oak DIR,BO 19,000 140,980
Opko Health (OPK) Frost Phillip MD et al CEO,CB,BO 30,000 131,138
Overland Storage (OVRL) Clinton BO 46,857 89,223
Douglas Emmett (DEI) Simon William E Jr DIR 3,100 74,245
Source: Insider Insights
Warner (WCRX) Bain Capital Investors BO 12,890,449 168,864,880
Hyatt Hotels (H) A N P Trust 1m6 O 537,023 20,573,352
Garmin (GRMN) Kao Min H CEO 466,000 19,285,160
Salesforce (CRM) Ramsey Craig DIR 70,000 10,701,520
Stericycle (SRCL) Schuler Jack DIR 100,000 9,315,000
Hyatt Hotels (H) Nicholas Trust O 225,210 8,627,795
Contango Oil (MCF) Peak Kenneth R CB,CEO,BO 70,910 3,952,282
Arbitron (ARB) Abrams Capital BO 101,824 3,889,987
Fleetcor Tech (FLT) Stull Steven T DIR 83,736 3,692,277
Range (RRC) Pinkerton John CB 50,000 3,497,415
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.