Top Insider Trades: S GM NRGM HAFC

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, September 12, 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.
Sprint (S) Softbank BO 6,581,652 42,188,388
Kodak (KODK) Karfunkel George DIR 3,434,922 38,512,984
Ene Trans (ETP) Welch Jamie DIR 20,000 1,036,400
Aircastle (AYR) Marubeni DIR,BO 30,000 523,797
Inergy (NRGM) Gautreaux Wm C PR 20,000 450,000
Hanmi (HAFC) Kum Chong Guk PR,CEO,DIR 20,000 323,400
Inergy (NRGM) Sherman John J DIR,BO 10,000 218,064
M Kors (KORS) Gibbons Judy DIR 2,125 158,693
Armada (AHH) Kirk A Russell DIR 11,789 109,402
Air T
(AIRT)
Ao Partners I DIR,BO 8,739 94,565
Source: Insider Insights
Gen Motors (GM) Canada Gen Inv BO 30,000,000 1,099,500,032
Fleetcor (FLT) Summit Partners PT,BO 2,000,000 209,720,000
Calpine (CPN) Ryan J Stuart DIR 10,979,900 207,739,712
Fiesta Rest (FRGI) Friedman Brian P DIR 682,183 24,244,784
Google (GOOG) Page Lawrence CEO,DIR,BO 20,833 18,587,122
Best Buy (BBY) Schulze Richard CB,BO 462,337 17,286,780
Facebook (FB) Sandberg Sheryl COO,DIR 176,452 7,709,440
Ameriprise (AMP) Cracchiolo James CB,CEO,DIR 54,008 4,900,546
Mohawk (MHK) Lorberbaum Mark BO 20,000 2,573,196
Hanesbrands (HBI) Noll Richard A CB,CEO,DIR 30,000 1,877,877
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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