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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 27, 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.
Alexanders J (JAX) Fidelity Natl Fin BO 1,905,686 27,632,448
Hampton (HMPR) Acmo Hr DIR,BO 16,007,143 11,205,000
Horizon (HZNP) Bird Jeffrey W DIR 575,356 2,007,993
Lucas Energy (LEI) Young Capital Mgt O 530,000 1,192,500
Food Tech (VIFL) Fort Ashford BO 70,791 460,142
Opko Health (OPK) Frost Phillip CEO,CB,BO 75,000 309,656
ROVI (ROVI) Carson Tom PR,CEO,DIR 15,000 225,000
Engility (EGL) Abrams Capital Mgt BO 9,798 179,944
Mercer (MERC) Kellogg Peter R BO 11,800 84,370
First (FOFI) Adams Nicholas C FO 7,700 58,366
Source: Insider Insights
Google (GOOG) Schmidt Eric E CB,DIR 59,500 44,804,821
Deltek (PROJ) Brown Brothers BO 2,743,936 36,027,756
Fidelity Natl Fin (FNF) Foley William P II DIR 500,000 10,602,738
Medivation (MDVN) Bailey Gregory DIR 60,000 3,358,000
Lithia Motors (LAD) Lithia Holding Co BO 100,000 3,342,439
Liberty Global (LBTYK) Fries Michael T PR,CEO,DIR 50,000 2,788,000
G III Apparel (GIII) Nostra Katz Jeanette PR 32,159 1,157,764
Ixia (XXIA) Addington Hills BO 50,000 802,510
Kellogg (K) Kellogg W K Foundation BO 10,000 520,000
Aep Industries (AEPI) Powers John J VP,SO 8,455 499,560
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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