Insider Trading Alert - SNPS, VCI, AIRM, NFX And WRI 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:

Synopsys (SNPS) - FREE Research Report

Naddaf Esfandiar who is VP, Controller at Synopsys sold 3,259 shares at $38.10 on Dec. 16, 2013. Following this transaction, the VP, Controller owned 2,706 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 54.64% with the 3,259-share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $38.85, up $0.75, or 1.93% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for Synopsys go as follows:

  • 4-Week # shares sold: 13,684
  • 12-Week # shares sold: 13,684
  • 24-Week # shares sold: 36,597

The average volume for Synopsys has been 611,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Synopsys has a market cap of $5.9 billion and is part of the technology sector and electronics industry. Shares are up 19.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

Synopsys, Inc. provides core electronic design automation (EDA) solutions primarily in the United States, Europe, Japan, and the rest of Asia Pacific. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.6. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Synopsys a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Synopsys 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and reasonable valuation levels. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Synopsys Ratings Report from TheStreet Quant Ratings now.

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Valassis Communications (VCI) - FREE Research Report

Schalek Linda J who is SVP, Corporate Controller at Valassis Communications sold 1,726 shares at $28.42 on Dec. 16, 2013. Following this transaction, the SVP, Corporate Controller owned 16,418 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 9.51% with the 1,726-share transaction.

Husselbee Brian J who is CEO - NCH Marketing Svcs, Inc. at Valassis Communications sold 4,353 shares at $28.42 on Dec. 16, 2013. Following this transaction, the CEO - NCH Marketing Svcs, Inc. owned 51,391 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 7.81% with the 4,353-share transaction.

Goolsby Ronald who is Chief Operating Officer at Valassis Communications sold 6,681 shares at $28.42 on Dec. 16, 2013. Following this transaction, the Chief Operating Officer owned 64,277 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 9.42% with the 6,681-share transaction.

Parkinson James D who is EVP,Chief Digital&Tech.Officer at Valassis Communications sold 5,593 shares at $28.42 on Dec. 16, 2013. Following this transaction, the EVP,Chief Digital&Tech.Officer owned 38,335 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 12.73% with the 5,593-share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $28.35, down $0.07, or 0.25% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for Valassis Communications go as follows:

  • 24-Week # shares sold: 31,666

The average volume for Valassis Communications has been 407,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. Valassis Communications has a market cap of $1.1 billion and is part of the services sector and media industry. Shares are up 11.02% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

Valassis Communications, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides media solutions primarily in the United States and Europe. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 4.33%. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.4. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Valassis Communications a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Valassis Communications as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and deteriorating net income. Get the full Valassis Communications Ratings Report from TheStreet Quant Ratings now.

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Air Methods (AIRM) - FREE Research Report

Bernstein Ralph J who is Director at Air Methods sold 54,996 shares at $55.29 on Dec. 16, 2013. Following this transaction, the Director owned 2.6 million shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 2.08% with the 54,996-share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $54.03, down $1.26, or 2.34% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for Air Methods go as follows:

  • 4-Week # shares sold: 9,354
  • 12-Week # shares sold: 14,354
  • 24-Week # shares sold: 271,854

The average volume for Air Methods has been 326,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. Air Methods has a market cap of $2.1 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. Shares are up 48.74% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

Air Methods Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides air medical emergency transport services and systems in the United States. The company operates in two segments, Air Medical Services (AMS) and United Rotorcraft (UR). The company has a P/E ratio of 30.5. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Air Methods a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Air Methods as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins, increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Air Methods Ratings Report from TheStreet Quant Ratings now.

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Newfield Exploration Company (NFX) - FREE Research Report

Campbell Stephen C who is Vice President-Investor Rel. at Newfield Exploration Company sold 2,500 shares at $23.78 on Dec. 16, 2013. Following this transaction, the Vice President-Investor Rel. owned 31,481 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 7.36% with the 2,500-share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $23.00, down $0.78, or 3.37% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for Newfield Exploration Company go as follows:

  • 24-Week # shares sold: 15,103

The average volume for Newfield Exploration Company has been 2.9 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Newfield Exploration Company has a market cap of $3.2 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are down 12.77% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

Newfield Exploration Company, an independent energy company, engages in the exploration, development, and production of crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids. Its areas of operation include the Mid-Continent, the Rocky Mountains, and onshore Gulf Coast, as well as Malaysia and China. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Newfield Exploration Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Newfield Exploration Company as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. Get the full Newfield Exploration Company Ratings Report from TheStreet Quant Ratings now.

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Weingarten Realty Investors (WRI) - FREE Research Report

Cruikshank Robert J who is Director at Weingarten Realty Investors sold 1,998 shares at $27.84 on Dec. 16, 2013. Following this transaction, the Director owned 22,077 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 8.3% with the 1,998-share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $27.45, down $0.39, or 1.42% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for Weingarten Realty Investors go as follows:

  • 12-Week # shares bought: 2,000
  • 24-Week # shares bought: 4,000

The average volume for Weingarten Realty Investors has been 681,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. Weingarten Realty Investors has a market cap of $3.3 billion and is part of the financial sector and real estate industry. Shares are up 3.18% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

Weingarten Realty Investors is a publically owned real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of United States. It makes its investments in neighborhood and community shopping centers. Weingarten Realty Investors was formed in 1948, and is based in Houston, Texas. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 4.44%. The company has a P/E ratio of 41.0. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Weingarten Realty Investors a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Weingarten Realty Investors as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and revenue growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has experienced relatively poor performance when compared with the S&P 500 during the past year. Get the full Weingarten Realty Investors Ratings Report from TheStreet Quant Ratings now.

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