Insider Trading Alert - MAA, LEA, VRTS, ALJ And RLJ Traded By Insiders

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Yesterday, Dec. 16, 2013, 116 U.S. common stocks issued filings of shares being bought or sold by insiders. The transactions ranged in value from $164.25 to $16,145,446.22.

Highlighted Stocks Traded by Insiders:

Mid-America Apartment Communities (MAA) - FREE Research Report

Sanders William Reid who is Director at Mid-America Apartment Communities bought 3,200 shares at $60.16 on Dec. 16, 2013. Following this transaction, the Director owned 500 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 118.52% with the 3,200-share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $59.88, down $0.28, or 0.46% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for Mid-America Apartment Communities go as follows:

  • 4-Week # shares bought: 10,000
  • 12-Week # shares bought: 10,000
  • 24-Week # shares bought: 10,000

The average volume for Mid-America Apartment Communities has been 792,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. Mid-America Apartment Communities has a market cap of $4.5 billion and is part of the financial sector and real estate industry. Shares are down 7.26% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

Mid-America Apartment Communities, Inc. is an independent real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It is engaged in acquisition, redevelopment, new development, property management, and disposition of multifamily apartment communities. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 4.85%. The company has a P/E ratio of 34.4. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Mid-America Apartment Communities a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Mid-America Apartment Communities as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Mid-America Apartment Communities Ratings Report from TheStreet Quant Ratings now.

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Lear Corporation (LEA) - FREE Research Report

Stephens Mel who is SVP Comm, Facilities & Inv Rel at Lear Corporation sold 15,778 shares at $82.50 on Dec. 16, 2013. Following this transaction, the SVP Comm, Facilities & Inv Rel owned 0 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 100% with the 15,778-share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $82.65, up $0.15, or 0.18% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for Lear Corporation go as follows:

  • 4-Week # shares bought: 500
  • 4-Week # shares sold: 850
  • 12-Week # shares bought: 500
  • 12-Week # shares sold: 850
  • 24-Week # shares bought: 500
  • 24-Week # shares sold: 1,427

The average volume for Lear Corporation has been 765,900 shares per day over the past 30 days. Lear Corporation has a market cap of $6.6 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector and automotive industry. Shares are up 75.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

Lear Corporation designs, manufactures, assembles, and supplies automotive seat systems, electrical distribution systems, and related components primarily to automotive original equipment manufacturers. It operates in two segments, Seating and Electrical Power Management Systems (EPMS). The stock currently has a dividend yield of 0.84%. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.3. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Lear Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Lear Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, notable return on equity, 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 Lear Corporation Ratings Report from TheStreet Quant Ratings now.

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Virtus Investment Partners (VRTS) - FREE Research Report

Bradley William Patrick Iii who is SVP, Fund Services at Virtus Investment Partners sold 550 shares at $204.49 on Dec. 16, 2013. Following this transaction, the SVP, Fund Services owned 8,443 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 6.12% with the 550-share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $202.20, down $2.29, or 1.13% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for Virtus Investment Partners go as follows:

  • 4-Week # shares sold: 478
  • 12-Week # shares sold: 511
  • 24-Week # shares sold: 511

The average volume for Virtus Investment Partners has been 57,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. Virtus Investment Partners has a market cap of $1.8 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are up 65.67% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

Virtus Investment Partners, Inc. is a publically owned investment manager. The firm primarily provides its services to individual and institutional clients. It launches separate client focused equity and fixed income portfolios. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.9. Currently there are no analysts that rate Virtus Investment Partners a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Virtus Investment Partners as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, increase in net income, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Virtus Investment Partners Ratings Report from TheStreet Quant Ratings now.

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Alon USA Energy (ALJ) - FREE Research Report

Alon Israel Oil Company, Ltd. who is 10% Owner at Alon USA Energy sold 406,569 shares at $14.78 on Dec. 16, 2013. Following this transaction, the 10% Owner owned 38.8 million shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 1.04% with the 406,569-share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $14.96, up $0.18, or 1.23% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for Alon USA Energy go as follows:

  • 4-Week # shares sold: 500,000
  • 12-Week # shares bought: 4,000
  • 12-Week # shares sold: 525,000
  • 24-Week # shares bought: 24,500
  • 24-Week # shares sold: 552,169

The average volume for Alon USA Energy has been 942,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. Alon USA Energy has a market cap of $1.0 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are down 17.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

Alon USA Energy, Inc. engages in refining and marketing petroleum products primarily in the South Central, Southwestern, and Western regions of the United States. The company operates in three segments: Refining and Marketing, Asphalt, and Retail. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 1.65%. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.8. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Alon USA Energy a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Alon USA Energy as a hold. The company's strongest point has been its a solid financial position based on a variety of debt and liquidity measures that we have looked at. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full Alon USA Energy Ratings Report from TheStreet Quant Ratings now.

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RLJ Lodging (RLJ) - FREE Research Report

La Forgia Robert M who is Director at RLJ Lodging bought 1,500 shares at $22.70 on Dec. 16, 2013. Following this transaction, the Director owned 17,944 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 9.12% with the 1,500-share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $23.73, up $1.03, or 4.34% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for RLJ Lodging go as follows:

  • 4-Week # shares sold: 125
  • 12-Week # shares sold: 125
  • 24-Week # shares sold: 15,125

The average volume for RLJ Lodging has been 662,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. RLJ Lodging has a market cap of $2.8 billion and is part of the financial sector and real estate industry. Shares are up 17.81% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

RLJ Lodging Trust is an independent equity real estate investment trust. The firm also manages real estate funds. It invests in the real estate markets of the United States. The firm primarily invests in premium-branded, focused service, and compact full-service hotels. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 3.59%. The company has a P/E ratio of 29.3. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate RLJ Lodging a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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TheStreet Quant Ratings rates RLJ Lodging as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year 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 RLJ Lodging Ratings Report from TheStreet Quant Ratings now.

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