Insiders Trading: FB AAPL AGCO WCRX

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 Tuesday, November 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.
AGCO (AGCO) Srinivasan Mallika DIR 226,197 10,050,535
Pilgrims Pride (PPC) Jbs Usa BO 910,538 5,463,228
Novabay (NBY) Naqu Area Pioneer Pharma BO 1,200,000 1,500,000
At & T (T) Rose Matthew K DIR 40,000 1,354,000
Apple (AAPL) Iger Robert A DIR 1,780 1,002,770
Iridium (IRDM) Baralonco BO 150,000 821,656
Midstates Petro (MPO) Crum John A PR,CEO,DIR 50,000 275,950
Thomas Prop (TPGI) Thomas James A CB,PR,CEO 48,500 265,555
Markwest (MWE) Bailey Keith E DIR 5,200 251,404
SJW (SJW) Moss George E DIR,BO 10,000 235,735
Source: Insider Insights
Warner Chil (WCRX) Murray Stephen P DIR 5,000,000 58,300,000
Delek Us (DK) Delek Hungary BO 2,200,000 56,870,000
Facebook (FB) Andreessen Marc L DIR 2,309,945 54,159,664
Carnival (CCL) Eternity Four Trust BO 959,777 36,236,792
Reynolds Am (RAI) Brown & Williamson BO 853,375 34,655,560
Mastercard (MA) Mastercard Foundation BO 28,389 13,334,323
Intuit (INTU) Cook Scott D CB,DIR 200,000 11,759,780
Facebook (FB) Graham Donald DIR 286,666 6,722,449
JB Hunt (JBHT) Garrison Earl Wayne DIR 100,000 5,951,900
Cognex (CGNX) Shillman Robert J CB,DIR 157,195 5,336,943
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.