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 Thursday 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.
Qatar Inv Auth BO 640,900 43,999,808
Gain Capital (GCAP) Master Gl Assets BO 1,022,362 4,223,052
Coliseum Capital DIR,BO 128,400 2,553,876
Forbes Energy (FES) Steel Excel BO 375,139 1,262,037
Akamai Tech (AKAM) Leighton F Thomson CEO,DIR 30,000 1,042,500
Atheronova (AHRO) Knoll Fred DIR 1,416,666 340,000
Express Scripts (ESRX) MacMahon Thomas DIR 5,000 297,925
Opko Health (OPK) Frost Phillip MD CEO,CB,BO 37,100 258,313
Molina Health (MOH) Wolf Dale B DIR 7,000 229,503
Patterson Scott B BO 55,360 147,647
Source: Insider Insights
Mrc Global (MRC) Goldman Sachs BO 26,450,000 709,124,480
Hertz Global (HTZ) Bank Of America DIR,BO 23,983,386 483,025,408
Kar Auction (KAR) Kar II BO 14,950,000 276,276,000
Google (GOOG) Page Lawrence CEO,DIR,BO 20,835 17,114,346
Charter (CHTR) Crestview Partners BO 174,041 15,570,144
Mastercard (MA) Mastercard Fdn BO 24,963 13,139,402
Cousins Prop (CUZ) Cousins Thomas G CB 1,200,000 12,068,291
Ocwen Finl (OCN) Wish Barry N DIR 202,600 8,192,435
Kellogg WK Fdn BO 94,700 5,854,600
Whole Foods (WFM) Mackey John P CEO,DIR 50,000 4,400,450
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.