Top Insider Trades: WES FCX YELP UIHC

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, March 5, 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.
Western Gas (WES) Anadarko Petroleum BO 449,129 24,499,986
United Insurance (UIHC) Branch Gregory C DIR,BO 100,000 523,000
Freeport McMoran (FCX) Johnston J Bennett O 16,000 503,614
Volcano (VOLC) Matricaria Ronald A DIR 20,000 430,000
Alpine Tot Div Fd (AOD) Jacobson James A DIR 65,000 259,996
Opko Health (OPK) Frost Phillip MD CEO,CB,BO 35,500 252,058
Whole Foods (WFM) Kugelman Stephanie DIR 2,939 250,297
Silver Bay Rlty Tr (SBY) Miller David N PR,CEO,DIR 10,000 194,740
Tri Continental (TY) White Todd O 9,000 154,438
Sunoco Logistics (SXL) Salinas Martin CFO,DIR 2,400 153,137
Source: Insider Insights
Reynolds Amer (RAI) Brown & Williamson BO 830,315 36,525,556
Linkedin (LNKD) Hoffman Reid DIR,BO 83,334 14,629,922
Guidewire Soft (GWRE) Dempsey Neal DIR 279,272 10,080,027
Photomedex (PHMD) Rafaeli Dolev CEO,DIR,BO 557,539 8,413,474
Brown Forman (BFB) Frazier Laura BO 117,008 7,675,725
Linkedin (LNKD) Nishar Dipchand VP 41,018 7,025,405
Linkedin (LNKD) Weiner Jeff CEO,DIR 37,000 6,495,831
Urs Corp New (URS) Koffel Martin M CEO,CB,PR 148,500 6,226,637
YELP (YELP) Deer Vi & Co DIR,BO 273,071 6,138,008
Facebook (FB) Sandberg Sheryl COO,DIR 176,452 4,923,198
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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