Insider Trading Alert - MSFT, RS, SPLK, NWE And LPLA Traded By Insiders

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Yesterday, Nov. 7, 2013, 132 U.S. common stocks issued filings of shares being bought or sold by insiders. The transactions ranged in value from $555.62 to $810,125,000.00.

Highlighted Stocks Traded by Insiders:

Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) - FREE Research Report

Smith Bradford L who is Executive Vice President at Microsoft Corporation sold 200,000 shares at $37.97 on Nov. 7, 2013. Following this transaction, the Executive Vice President owned 906,914 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 18.07% with the 200,000 share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $37.53, down $0.44, or 1.18% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for Microsoft Corporation go as follows:

  • 4-Week # shares sold: 20.1 million
  • 12-Week # shares sold: 40.4 million
  • 24-Week # shares sold: 40.4 million

The average volume for Microsoft Corporation has been 51.7 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Microsoft Corporation has a market cap of $318.7 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. Shares are up 42.94% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

Microsoft Corporation (Microsoft) develops, licenses, and supports software, services, and hardware devices worldwide. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 2.93%. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.3. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Microsoft Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 15 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Microsoft Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Microsoft Corporation Ratings Report from TheStreet Quant Ratings now.

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Reliance Steel and Aluminum (RS) - FREE Research Report

Hannah David H who is CEO and Chairman at Reliance Steel and Aluminum sold 20,000 shares at $74.56 on Nov. 7, 2013. Following this transaction, the CEO and Chairman owned 212,000 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 8.62% with the 20,000 share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $74.44, down $0.12, or 0.16% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for Reliance Steel and Aluminum go as follows:

  • 12-Week # shares sold: 1,432
  • 24-Week # shares sold: 3,386

The average volume for Reliance Steel and Aluminum has been 428,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. Reliance Steel and Aluminum has a market cap of $5.8 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and industrial industry. Shares are up 20.05% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. operates as a metals service center company. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 1.77%. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.9. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Reliance Steel and Aluminum a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Reliance Steel and Aluminum as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Reliance Steel and Aluminum Ratings Report from TheStreet Quant Ratings now.

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Splunk (SPLK) - FREE Research Report

Neustaetter Thomas M who is Director at Splunk sold 1,500 shares at $63.51 on Nov. 7, 2013. Following this transaction, the Director owned 88,103 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 1.67% with the 1,500 share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $59.70, down $3.81, or 6.38% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for Splunk go as follows:

  • 4-Week # shares sold: 4,500
  • 12-Week # shares sold: 253,613
  • 24-Week # shares sold: 362,024

The average volume for Splunk has been 1.2 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Splunk has a market cap of $6.7 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. Shares are up 119.33% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

Splunk, Inc. provides software solutions that provide real-time operational intelligence. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Splunk a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Splunk as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income and feeble growth in its earnings per share. Get the full Splunk Ratings Report from TheStreet Quant Ratings now.

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NorthWestern Corporation (NWE) - FREE Research Report

Bird Brian B who is VP, CFO & Treasurer at NorthWestern Corporation sold 11,000 shares at $46.14 on Nov. 7, 2013. Following this transaction, the VP, CFO & Treasurer owned 44,925 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 19.67% with the 11,000 share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $44.94, down $1.20, or 2.67% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for NorthWestern Corporation go as follows:

  • 24-Week # shares bought: 2,875

The average volume for NorthWestern Corporation has been 244,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. NorthWestern Corporation has a market cap of $1.8 billion and is part of the utilities sector and utilities industry. Shares are up 33.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

NorthWestern Corporation, doing business as NorthWestern Energy, provides electricity and natural gas in Montana, South Dakota, and Nebraska, the United States. It operates through Electric Operations and Natural Gas Operations segments. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 3.28%. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.8. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate NorthWestern Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Quant Ratings rates NorthWestern Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, reasonable valuation levels and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full NorthWestern Corporation Ratings Report from TheStreet Quant Ratings now.

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LPL Financial Holdings (LPLA) - FREE Research Report

TPG Group Holdings (SBS) Advisors, Inc. who is 10% Owner at LPL Financial Holdings sold 279,679 shares at $40.42 on Nov. 7, 2013. Following this transaction, the 10% Owner owned 17.0 million shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 1.62% with the 279,679 share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $39.64, down $0.78, or 1.97% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for LPL Financial Holdings go as follows:

  • 4-Week # shares sold: 30,000
  • 12-Week # shares sold: 30,000
  • 24-Week # shares sold: 30,000

The average volume for LPL Financial Holdings has been 700,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. LPL Financial Holdings has a market cap of $4.1 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are up 44.14% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

LPL Financial Holdings Inc. provides an integrated platform of brokerage and investment advisory services to independent financial advisors and financial advisors at financial institutions in the United States. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 1.87%. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.8. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate LPL Financial Holdings a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Quant Ratings rates LPL Financial Holdings as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall. Get the full LPL Financial Holdings Ratings Report from TheStreet Quant Ratings now.

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