Insider Trading Alert - WAGE, APA, PLCE, MDSO And YELP Traded By Insiders

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Yesterday, Dec. 4, 2013, 189 U.S. common stocks issued filings of shares being bought or sold by insiders. The transactions ranged in value from $160.56 to $35,901,027,172.20.

Highlighted Stocks Traded by Insiders:

WageWorks (WAGE) - FREE Research Report

Salzman Alan E who is Footnote 1 at WageWorks sold 4,455 shares at $58.32 on Dec. 4, 2013. Following this transaction, the Footnote 1 owned 0 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 100% with the 4,455-share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $57.50, down $0.82, or 1.43% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for WageWorks go as follows:

  • 4-Week # shares sold: 1.2 million
  • 12-Week # shares sold: 1.2 million
  • 24-Week # shares sold: 4.3 million

The average volume for WageWorks has been 377,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. WageWorks has a market cap of $2.0 billion and is part of the services sector and diversified services industry. Shares are up 222.92% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

WageWorks, Inc. provides tax-advantaged programs for consumer-directed health, commuter, and other employee spending account benefits (CDBs) in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 838.3. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate WageWorks a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Quant Ratings rates WageWorks as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, premium valuation and weak operating cash flow. Get the full WageWorks Ratings Report from TheStreet Quant Ratings now.

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Apache Corporation (APA) - FREE Research Report

Jeppesen Jon A who is Exec. Vice President at Apache Corporation sold 3,903 shares at $90.92 on Dec. 4, 2013. Following this transaction, the Exec. Vice President owned 67,908 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 5.44% with the 3,903-share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $89.49, down $1.43, or 1.59% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for Apache Corporation go as follows:

  • 4-Week # shares bought: 1,500
  • 4-Week # shares sold: 8,054
  • 12-Week # shares bought: 1,500
  • 12-Week # shares sold: 13,054
  • 24-Week # shares bought: 12,500
  • 24-Week # shares sold: 15,921

The average volume for Apache Corporation has been 2.4 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Apache Corporation has a market cap of $36.2 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are up 14.51% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

Apache Corporation, an independent energy company, explores for, develops, and produces natural gas, crude oil, and natural gas liquids. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 0.88%. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.5. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Apache Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Apache Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and increase in net income. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Apache Corporation Ratings Report from TheStreet Quant Ratings now.

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Children's Place Retail Stores (PLCE) - FREE Research Report

Levy Natalie Eve who is EVP, Merchandising and Design at Children's Place Retail Stores sold 674 shares at $54.45 on Dec. 4, 2013. Following this transaction, the EVP, Merchandising and Design owned 88,608 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 0.75% with the 674-share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $53.85, down $0.60, or 1.11% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for Children's Place Retail Stores go as follows:

  • 12-Week # shares sold: 1,693
  • 24-Week # shares sold: 3,900

The average volume for Children's Place Retail Stores has been 421,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. Children's Place Retail Stores has a market cap of $1.2 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. Shares are up 21.22% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

The Children's Place Retail Stores, Inc. operates as a children's specialty apparel retailer in North America. The company provides apparel, accessories, and shoes for children from newborn to 10 years of age. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.0. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Children's Place Retail Stores a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Children's Place Retail Stores as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins, increase in stock price during the past year and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Children's Place Retail Stores Ratings Report from TheStreet Quant Ratings now.

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Medidata Solutions (MDSO) - FREE Research Report

Hirschfeld Steven Isaac who is EVP- Customer Operations at Medidata Solutions sold 6,740 shares at $120.01 on Dec. 4, 2013. Following this transaction, the EVP- Customer Operations owned 38,451 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 14.91% with the 6,740-share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $116.41, down $3.60, or 3.09% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for Medidata Solutions go as follows:

  • 4-Week # shares sold: 20,000
  • 12-Week # shares sold: 55,871
  • 24-Week # shares sold: 117,904

The average volume for Medidata Solutions has been 250,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. Medidata Solutions has a market cap of $3.2 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. Shares are up 200.77% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

Medidata Solutions, Inc. provides cloud-based clinical development solutions for life sciences organizations in the United States and internationally. The company has a P/E ratio of 140.6. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Medidata Solutions a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Medidata Solutions as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full Medidata Solutions Ratings Report from TheStreet Quant Ratings now.

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Yelp (YELP) - FREE Research Report

Fenton Peter H who is Director at Yelp sold 40,000 shares at $60.02 on Dec. 4, 2013. Following this transaction, the Director owned 122,378 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 24.63% with the 40,000-share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $62.97, up $2.95, or 4.69% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for Yelp go as follows:

  • 12-Week # shares sold: 1,500
  • 24-Week # shares sold: 394,500

The average volume for Yelp has been 3.7 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Yelp has a market cap of $3.5 billion and is part of the technology sector and internet industry. Shares are up 234.59% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

Yelp, Inc. operates Yelp.com, an online urban city guide that helps people find places to eat, shop, drink, relax, and play based on the informed opinions of a community of locals in the know. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Yelp a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

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

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