Top Insider Trades: GS, UTI, JDAS, EPIQ

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 Friday, Nov. 30, 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.
Universal Tech (UTI) Stadium BO 379,919 3,286,960
AGCO (AGCO) Srinivasan Mallika DIR 17,400 799,356
Bank of Ozarks (OZRK) Cisne Richard DIR 11,000 351,473
Prophase (PRPH) Leventhal Mark DIR 150,000 231,486
Epiq (EPIQ) Olofson Tom CB,CEO,BO 20,000 227,400
Hilltop (HTH) Hill William DIR 15,750 225,068
Loews (L) Miller Ken DIR 5,000 204,950
Hansen (HNSN) Feinberg Larry BO 66,780 146,741
Opko (OPK) Frost Phillip CEO,CB,BO 30,000 133,888
Quality (QLTY) White Thomas DIR 20,000 123,484
Source: Insider Insights
Charter (CHTR) Oaktree DIR,BO 1,300,000 92,318,472
Warner Chilcott (WCRX) Murray Stephen DIR 6,491,618 74,069,360
Goldman Sachs (GS) Viniar David VP,CFO 100,000 11,877,160
Jda (JDAS) Armstrong James DIR 247,000 11,028,858
News Corp. (NWS) Shuman Stanley O 393,511 9,733,929
Mastercard (MA) Mastercard Foundation BO 18,926 9,213,740
Invensense (INVN) Nasiri Steven DIR,BO 635,625 6,426,728
Epl (EPL) Wexford BO 209,252 4,295,528
Kellogg (K) Kellogg W K Fdn BO 72,000 4,003,164
Salesforce (CRM) Ramsey Craig DIR 25,000 3,943,225
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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