Top Insider Trades: TASR, AWAY, PM, OPK

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 Wednesday, Feb. 27, 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.
Davita (DVA) Berkshire Hathaway BO 211,889 24,696,932
VMware (VMW) EMC BO 69,700 4,998,104
Bancorpsouth (BXS) Rollins James CEO,DIR 57,100 834,417
Opko (OPK) Frost Phillip CEO,CB,BO 65,000 454,329
Taser (TASR) Partovi Hadi DIR 50,000 354,925
Oceaneering (OII) Hughes D Michael DIR 5,139 312,683
Sunoco (SXL) Anderson Steven DIR 5,000 303,810
Marriott Vacations (VAC) Weisz Stephen PR,CEO,DIR 7,500 302,325
Panhandle Oil (PHX) Blanchard Paul VP,COO 5,000 135,050
Swift Energy (SFY) Heckaman Alton VP,CFO 10,000 131,000
Source: Insider Insights
Reynolds Amer (RAI) Brown & Williamson BO 667,719 29,733,528
Homeaway (AWAY) Tcv Vi PT,BO 652,205 18,098,688
Rpx (RPXC) Index Ventures BO 1,050,000 13,209,000
Brown Forman (BFB) Frazier Laura BO 130,284 8,552,339
Philip Morris (PM) Camilleri Louis CB,CEO,DIR 55,000 5,123,250
Tornier (TRNX) Tornier Alain DIR 279,661 4,813,636
Unitedhealth (UNH) Renfro Larry VP,CEO 84,114 4,448,436
Trinity (TRN) Wallace Timothy CB,CEO,PR 97,002 4,185,636
Macquarie Infra (MIC) Macquarie Infr Mgt DIR,BO 61,000 3,143,330
Corrections (CXW) Ferguson John CB,DIR 81,835 3,091,718
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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