Insider Trading Alert - GOOG, MIDD, PACW, HAL And OXY Traded By Insiders

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Yesterday, Dec. 17, 2013, 129 U.S. common stocks issued filings of shares being bought or sold by insiders. The transactions ranged in value from $69.90 to $563,062,500.00.

Highlighted Stocks Traded by Insiders:

Google (GOOG) - FREE Research Report

Arora Nikesh who is SVP and Chief Business Officer at Google sold 985 shares at $1,064.00 on Dec. 17, 2013. Following this transaction, the SVP and Chief Business Officer owned 1 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 99.9% with the 985-share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $1,072.00, up $8.00, or 0.75% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for Google go as follows:

  • 4-Week # shares sold: 1,332
  • 12-Week # shares sold: 9,755
  • 24-Week # shares sold: 11,369

The average volume for Google has been 1.8 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Google has a market cap of $296.9 billion and is part of the technology sector and internet industry. Shares are up 51.68% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

Google Inc., a technology company, builds products and provides services to organize the information and make it universally accessible and useful. The company has a P/E ratio of 30.8. Currently there are 22 analysts that rate Google a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Google 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, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and compelling growth in net income. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full Google Ratings Report from TheStreet Quant Ratings now.

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Middleby Corporation (MIDD) - FREE Research Report

Putnam Philip G who is Director at Middleby Corporation sold 500 shares at $221.64 on Dec. 17, 2013. Following this transaction, the Director owned 4,200 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 10.64% with the 500-share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $225.96, up $4.32, or 1.91% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for Middleby Corporation go as follows:

  • 4-Week # shares sold: 700
  • 12-Week # shares sold: 700
  • 24-Week # shares sold: 204,482

The average volume for Middleby Corporation has been 98,900 shares per day over the past 30 days. Middleby Corporation has a market cap of $4.4 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and industrial industry. Shares are up 76.62% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

The Middleby Corporation designs, manufactures, markets, distributes, and services commercial foodservice and food processing equipment in the United States, Canada, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America. The company has a P/E ratio of 30.1. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Middleby Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Middleby Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. 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 Middleby Corporation Ratings Report from TheStreet Quant Ratings now.

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PacWest Bancorp (PACW) - FREE Research Report

Hopkins Lynn M who is Executive Vice President at PacWest Bancorp sold 10,000 shares at $41.24 on Dec. 17, 2013. Following this transaction, the Executive Vice President owned 33,303 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 23.09% with the 10,000-share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $42.05, up $0.81, or 1.92% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for PacWest Bancorp go as follows:

  • 4-Week # shares bought: 2,000
  • 4-Week # shares sold: 39,626
  • 12-Week # shares bought: 2,000
  • 12-Week # shares sold: 39,626
  • 24-Week # shares bought: 2,000
  • 24-Week # shares sold: 39,626

The average volume for PacWest Bancorp has been 549,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. PacWest Bancorp has a market cap of $1.9 billion and is part of the financial sector and banking industry. Shares are up 71.26% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

PacWest Bancorp operates as the bank holding company for Pacific Western Bank that provides commercial banking products and services to small to medium sized businesses, and the owners and employees of those businesses primarily in Southern California. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 2.36%. The company has a P/E ratio of 27.0. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate PacWest Bancorp a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Quant Ratings rates PacWest Bancorp 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, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full PacWest Bancorp Ratings Report from TheStreet Quant Ratings now.

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Halliburton Company (HAL) - FREE Research Report

Pope Lawrence J who is EVP Administration & CHRO at Halliburton Company sold 3,000 shares at $49.78 on Dec. 17, 2013. Following this transaction, the EVP Administration & CHRO owned 170,712 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 1.73% with the 3,000-share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $48.89, down $0.89, or 1.82% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for Halliburton Company go as follows:

  • 4-Week # shares sold: 10,312
  • 12-Week # shares sold: 106,796
  • 24-Week # shares sold: 269,040

The average volume for Halliburton Company has been 8.4 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Halliburton Company has a market cap of $42.5 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are up 42.26% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

Halliburton Company provides a range of services and products for the exploration, development, and production of oil and natural gas to oil and gas companies worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Completion and Production, and Drilling and Evaluation. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 1.2%. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.0. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate Halliburton Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Halliburton Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, 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 Halliburton Company Ratings Report from TheStreet Quant Ratings now.

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Occidental Petroleum Corporation (OXY) - FREE Research Report

Gutierrez Carlos M who is Director at Occidental Petroleum Corporation bought 5,000 shares at $91.32 on Dec. 17, 2013. Following this transaction, the Director owned 28,484 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 21.29% with the 5,000-share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $90.99, down $0.33, or 0.37% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for Occidental Petroleum Corporation go as follows:

  • 4-Week # shares bought: 2,000
  • 12-Week # shares bought: 2,000
  • 24-Week # shares bought: 2,000
  • 24-Week # shares sold: 17,000

The average volume for Occidental Petroleum Corporation has been 3.6 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Occidental Petroleum Corporation has a market cap of $73.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are up 18.72% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

Occidental Petroleum Corporation engages in the exploration and production of oil and gas properties in the United States and internationally. The company operates in three segments: Oil and Gas; Chemical; and Midstream, Marketing and Other. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 2.81%. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.9. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Occidental Petroleum Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Occidental Petroleum 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, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Occidental Petroleum Corporation Ratings Report from TheStreet Quant Ratings now.

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