Top Insider Trades: CONE, KRO, TZOO, ADBE

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, January 28, 2013 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.
Cyrusone (CONE) Cincinnati Bell BO 374,279 7,111,301
Kronos Wwd (KRO) Simmons Harold C CB,DIR,BO 100,000 1,983,796
Nexpoint Cr Str Fd (NHF) Dondero James D O 171,532 1,183,811
Cyrusone (CONE) Cassidy John F DIR 50,000 950,000
Cyrusone (CONE) Ferdman David H DIR 42,000 798,000
Tanger Factory (SKT) Tanger Steven B PR,CEO,DIR 18,595 657,333
Alpine Tot Div Fd (AOD) Lieber Stephen A VP 150,000 601,500
Cyrusone (CONE) Wojtaszek Gary J PR,CEO,DIR 30,000 570,000
Arca Bioph (ABIO) Bristow Michael R CEO,DIR,BO 1,069,290 500,000
Alpine Tot Div Fd (AOD) Lieber Samuel A PR,DIR 50,000 200,500
Source: Insider Insights
Google (GOOG) Schmidt Eric E CB,DIR 63,050 47,541,032
Adobe Sys (ADBE) Narayen Shantanu PR,CEO,DIR 130,000 4,968,925
Travelzoo (TZOO) Azzurro Capital BO 140,782 3,125,135
Ixia (XXIA) Addington Hills BO 139,000 2,593,207
MetroPCS (PCS) Linquist Roger D CEO,DIR 227,185 2,272,766
Exacttarget (ET) Greenspring Assoc BO 98,890 2,239,643
Hertz Global (HTZ) Frissora Mark P CEO,DIR 120,000 2,160,000
Ppg Ind (PPG) Elias Richard C VP 10,952 1,587,567
Invensense (INVN) Goehl Daniel VP 90,000 1,350,810
Overstock Com (OSTK) Chou Francis S M BO 80,000 1,344,858
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.