Top Insider Trades: PANL, DG, IBTX, ZF

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 Friday, April 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.
Universal Disp. (PANL) Disc Gl Op Fd BO 91,600 2,510,508
Independent Bk (IBTX) Berntsen Torry PR,COO,DIR 20,192 524,992
Independent Bk (IBTX) Viola Michael DIR 19,231 500,006
Zweig Fund (ZF) Neel Carlton VP 25,000 322,500
Independent Bk (IBTX) Aynesworth M DIR 7,692 199,992
Zweig Tot Ret Fd (ZTR) Neel Carlton VP 15,000 194,600
Opko (OPK) Frost Phillip CEO,CB,BO 22,200 158,728
Pinnacle (PF) Boever Christopher VP 5,500 110,000
Oiltanking (OILT) Ainsworth Anne PR,CEO,DIR 1,000 47,131
Pinnacle (PF) Schiller Mark O 2,000 40,000
Source: Insider Insights
Dollar Gen. (DG) Buck BO 29,494,346 1,478,846,464
TUMI (TUMI) Dhc BO 11,521,000 243,093,104
W Fl Nat Gas (MRVL) Einhorn David BO 2,507,200 25,507,026
Kohls (KSS) Herma John DIR 200,000 9,600,000 (PCLN) Finnegan Daniel CFO 3,920 2,752,378
TUMI (TUMI) Griffith Jerome CEO,PR,DIR 80,000 1,688,000
Stryker (SYK) Stryker Ronda DIR 21,000 1,370,428
TUMI (TUMI) Mardy Michael CFO,VP,DIR 50,000 1,055,000
Boston Beer (SAM) Koch C CB,DIR,BO 6,000 936,959
Newlink (NLNK) Link Charles CB,CEO,DIR 75,000 895,150
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.