Insiders Trading VSAT FDS WPP REED

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, October 15, 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.
Diamondback Energy (FANG) Db Energy BO 1,717,126 30,049,704
Viasat (VSAT) Fpr Partners BO 59,796 2,376,054
Wausau Paper (WPP) Starboard Value BO 250,000 2,161,408
Reeds (REED) Linesch James CFO 62,338 480,003
Reeds (REED) Foucaut Thierry R COO 41,299 318,002
Privatebancorp (PVTB) Hague Bruce R PR 4,000 63,000
Landmark Bancorp (LARK) Ball Richard DIR 2,785 55,505
Hudson Global (HSON) Sagard Capital BO 10,000 44,942
Usa Technologies (USAT) Moschner Albin F DIR 25,000 38,000
Natl Amer Unive (NAUH) Shape Ronald L CEO 5,000 21,900
Source: Insider Insights
Factset Research (FDS) Hadley Philip A CEO,CB,DIR 102,700 9,632,295
Cracker Barrel (CBRL) Woodhouse Michael A DIR 47,714 3,183,971
Ironwood Pharm (IRWD) FMR BO 212,875 2,820,595
JPMorgan Chase (JPM) Cavanagh Michael J VP 40,000 1,679,948
Team (TISI) Williams Sidney B DIR 31,000 1,014,160
Oxford Industries (OXM) Lanier J Reese Sr DIR 15,700 858,143
Ixia (XXIA) Addington Hills BO 40,000 661,932
Bristol Myers Squibb (BMY) Cornelius James M DIR 20,000 661,400
Blackrock Kelso Capital (BKCC) VA Retirement BO 59,276 593,922
Higher One (ONE) Lightyear Fund II BO 45,300 548,477
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.