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, August 6, 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.
P Morris (PM) Mackay Graham DIR 123,500 11,010,408
Guidance (GUID) RGM Capital BO 204,782 1,589,661
Luminex (LMNX) Loewenbaum GW DIR 27,000 540,200
Marathon (MPC) Rohr James E DIR 6,300 449,632
Calix (CALX) Listwin Donald J DIR 25,000 307,716
Radioshack (RSH) Abernathy Robert DIR 100,000 255,011
Swift Ene (SFY) Swift Terry E CB,CEO,DIR 20,000 237,000
Sil Labs (SLAB) Lazar Jack R DIR 5,000 201,156
Royce (FUND) George W Whitney FO,DIR,BO 25,000 181,973
Willis (WSH) Lopez Francisco L DIR 3,420 147,710
Source: Insider Insights
Spirit (SAVE) Indigo Florida DIR,BO 12,070,920 400,151,008
Amazon (AMZN) Bezos Jeffrey P CB,CEO,BO 385,062 115,767,728
Google (GOOG) Brin Sergey F,DIR,BO 83,334 75,013,336
Linkedin (LNKD) Hoffman Reid DIR,BO 83,334 19,397,026
Friscos (DFRG) Grayken John P BO 900,000 18,168,750
Northrop (NOC) Bush Wesley G CB,CEO,PR 120,000 11,392,260
Linkedin (LNKD) Weiner Jeff CEO,DIR 37,000 8,612,173
Covance (CVD) Herring Joseph L CB,CEO,DIR 100,000 8,253,500
Reynolds (RAI) Brown Williamson BO 125,672 6,261,168
Linkedin (LNKD) Henke David VP,OO 18,673 4,346,394
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.