Top Insider Trades: XON AXDX KAR FOX

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, Aug. 15, 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 InsiderInsights.com, 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.
Intrexon (XON) Kirk R CEO,DIR,BO 1,887,500 30,200,000
Accelerate (AXDX) Schuler J DIR,BO 413,090 3,321,244
Aircastle (AYR) Marubeni DIR,BO 60,000 997,068
Mead Johnson (MJN) Cornelius J DIR 10,000 759,900
Intrexon (XON) Kindler J DIR 33,000 528,000
Howard Hughes (HHC) Tighe M DIR 4,626 496,950
Intrexon (XON) Shapiro R DIR 30,000 480,000
21st Century Fox (FOX) Silberman R DIR 11,000 357,830
Guidance (GUID) RGM BO 37,800 307,821
Ion (IO) Lapeyre J DIR 50,000 248,735
Source: Insider Insights
Kar Auction (KAR) Kar II BO 17,250,000 418,312,512
Wesco (WAIR) TC IV BO 6,900,000 128,478,000
Kar (KAR) Goldman Sachs BO 4,371,975 106,020,392
Kar Auction (KAR) Valueact BO 3,643,312 88,350,320
Restoration (RH) Home BO 1,066,535 72,324,408
Stock Bldg (STCK) Gores Group DIR,BO 3,552,810 46,257,588
Restoration Hardware (RH) Chu J DIR,BO 554,548 37,605,288
YELP (YELP) Deer Vi DIR 681,600 34,848,604
Restoration (RH) Forrest W BO 387,028 26,245,336
Google (GOOG) Page L CEO,DIR,BO 20,835 17,955,736
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 InsiderInsights.com, 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 TheStreet.com 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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