Top Insider Trades: APA LF WDAY LGP

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 Wednesday, September 4, 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.
PS Bus Parks (PSB) Public Storage BO 66,898 4,856,109
Aircastle (AYR) Marubeni DIR,BO 60,000 987,558
Apache (APA) Joung Chansoo DIR 10,000 861,282
Blount Intl (BLT) P2 Capital BO 49,000 566,817
Lehigh Gas Part (LGP) Reilly John B Iii DIR 15,000 407,667
Lumos Networks (LMOS) Edidin Eric J BO 25,238 400,904
Leapfrog Ent (LF) Rissman Owen R DIR 25,000 227,475
Hawaiian Telcom (HCOM) Twin Haven SO Fd BO 5,439 135,564
Babson HY Fd (BGH) Summerscale Zak O 5,500 124,410
Macquarie Infra (MIC) Weintraub Todd E CFO 1,534 89,739
Source: Insider Insights
Google (GOOG) Brin Sergey F,DIR,BO 83,334 71,710,352
Autonation (AN) Lampert Edward S BO 1,131,093 53,617,780
Workday (WDAY) Duffield David A CEO,DIR,BO 350,756 25,700,894
Carbonite (CARB) Mv Mgt X BO 500,000 7,125,000
Reynolds Amer (RAI) Brown Williamson BO 141,638 6,781,628
FXCM (FXCM) Wilhelm Matthew BO 241,844 4,633,566
Chicago Bridge (CBI) Asherman Philip K PR,CEO,DIR 75,000 4,532,270
Workday (WDAY) Battle A George DIR 60,000 4,373,335
Workday (WDAY) Bhusri Aneel CEO,CB,BO 40,000 2,930,406
FXCM (FXCM) Brown James DIR 98,711 1,905,188
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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