Top Insider Trades: NSH PBYI CONN EPHC

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, December 11, 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.
Acelrx Pharm (ACRX) Wan Mark A DIR,BO 2,416,918 7,999,999
Vitesse Semi (VTSS) Martin William C BO 3,000,000 5,250,000
Puma Biotech (PBYI) Adage Capital Gp BO 140,040 2,658,550
Providence Svc (PRSC) Coliseum Cap Mgt BO 112,194 1,617,838
Nustar Gp (NSH) Greehey William E DIR,BO 28,600 773,064
Interactive Intel (ININ) Hill Mark E DIR 15,681 483,135
Empire Petroleum (EMPR) Whitehead Albert E PR,DIR,BO 6,000,250 300,013
Fortune Brands (FBHS) Mackay A D David DIR 10,000 288,714
Amer Assets Trust (AAT) Rady Ernest S CB,DIR,BO 10,000 271,100
Fortress Intl (FIGI) Woodward Peter H DIR 445,103 187,283
Source: Insider Insights
Conns (CONN) Sg 1890 BO 2,278,426 57,900,500
Garmin (GRMN) Kao Min H CEO 1,064,622 44,752,772
Carrols Rest (TAST) Jefferies Capital BO 4,085,109 23,693,632
Google (GOOG) Page Lawrence CEO,DIR,BO 27,778 19,377,674
Epoch Holding (EPHC) Berenson Jeffrey L DIR 600,000 16,650,000
Perrigo (PRGO) Jandernoa Michael J DIR 105,500 10,812,590
Mastercard (MA) Mastercard Fdn BO 18,934 9,096,456
Oceaneering (OII) Huff John R DIR 119,404 6,448,104
Heartware Intl (HTWR) Harrison Seth L DIR 73,630 5,980,151
Nielsen (NLSN) Kash Arvin VCB 200,000 5,835,800
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.