Insider Trading Alert - LAD, APOL, NRF, WEN And NUAN Traded By Insiders

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Yesterday, Dec. 18, 2013, 124 U.S. common stocks issued filings of shares being bought or sold by insiders. The transactions ranged in value from $1,000.00 to $864,567,000.00.

Highlighted Stocks Traded by Insiders:

Lithia Motors (LAD) - FREE Research Report

Roberts Kenneth E who is Director at Lithia Motors sold 1,000 shares at $68.54 on Dec. 18, 2013. Following this transaction, the Director owned 149,511 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 0.66% with the 1,000-share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $70.45, up $1.91, or 2.71% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for Lithia Motors go as follows:

  • 4-Week # shares sold: 1,000
  • 12-Week # shares sold: 1,000
  • 24-Week # shares sold: 1,000

The average volume for Lithia Motors has been 344,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. Lithia Motors has a market cap of $1.6 billion and is part of the services sector and specialty retail industry. Shares are up 87.12% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

Lithia Motors, Inc. operates as an automotive franchisee and retailer of new and used vehicles in the United States. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 0.76%. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.4. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Lithia Motors a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Lithia Motors as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, reasonable valuation levels 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 Lithia Motors Ratings Report from TheStreet Quant Ratings now.

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Apollo Education Group (APOL) - FREE Research Report

Newton Frederick James who is SR VP, Chief HR Officer at Apollo Education Group sold 4,000 shares at $25.22 on Dec. 18, 2013. Following this transaction, the SR VP, Chief HR Officer owned 61,158 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 6.14% with the 4,000-share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $26.20, up $0.98, or 3.74% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for Apollo Education Group go as follows:

  • 4-Week # shares sold: 2,000
  • 12-Week # shares sold: 35,596
  • 24-Week # shares sold: 35,596

The average volume for Apollo Education Group has been 2.5 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Apollo Education Group has a market cap of $2.9 billion and is part of the services sector and diversified services industry. Shares are up 23.04% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

Apollo Education Group, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides online and on-campus educational programs and services at the undergraduate, master's, and doctoral levels. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.8. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Apollo Education Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Apollo Education Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Apollo Education Group Ratings Report from TheStreet Quant Ratings now.

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Northstar Realty Finance Corporation (NRF) - FREE Research Report

Butcher C Preston who is Director at Northstar Realty Finance Corporation bought 10,000 shares at $12.47 on Dec. 18, 2013. Following this transaction, the Director owned 270,000 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 3.85% with the 10,000-share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $12.79, up $0.32, or 2.51% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for Northstar Realty Finance Corporation go as follows:

  • 24-Week # shares bought: 10,000

The average volume for Northstar Realty Finance Corporation has been 4.8 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Northstar Realty Finance Corporation has a market cap of $3.0 billion and is part of the financial sector and real estate industry. Shares are up 81.96% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

NorthStar Realty Finance Corp., a real estate investment trust (REIT), operates as a commercial real estate (CRE) investment and asset management company in the United States. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 6.68%. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Northstar Realty Finance Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Northstar Realty Finance Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust 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 growth in the company's net income has been quite unimpressive. Get the full Northstar Realty Finance Corporation Ratings Report from TheStreet Quant Ratings now.

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Wendy's (WEN) - FREE Research Report

Toop R. Scott who is SVP, Gen Counsel & Sec at Wendy's bought 10,000 shares at $8.49 on Dec. 18, 2013. Following this transaction, the SVP, Gen Counsel & Sec owned 49,500 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 25.32% with the 10,000-share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $8.40, down $0.09, or 1.08% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for Wendy's go as follows:

  • 4-Week # shares bought: 16,000
  • 12-Week # shares bought: 16,000
  • 24-Week # shares bought: 29,500

The average volume for Wendy's has been 7.0 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Wendy's has a market cap of $3.3 billion and is part of the services sector and leisure industry. Shares are up 79.79% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

The Wendy's Company, through its subsidiaries, owns and franchises Wendy's restaurant system in North America and internationally. It engages in operating, developing, and franchising a system of distinctive quick-service restaurants. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 2.4%. The company has a P/E ratio of 83.5. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Wendy's a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Wendy's 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, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Wendy's Ratings Report from TheStreet Quant Ratings now.

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Nuance Communications (NUAN) - FREE Research Report

Icahn Carl C who is 10% Owner at Nuance Communications bought 50,900 shares at $14.20 on Dec. 18, 2013. Following this transaction, the 10% Owner owned 60.8 million shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 0.08% with the 50,900-share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $15.04, up $0.84, or 5.59% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for Nuance Communications go as follows:

  • 4-Week # shares sold: 24,677
  • 12-Week # shares sold: 279,677
  • 24-Week # shares sold: 563,307

The average volume for Nuance Communications has been 7.0 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Nuance Communications has a market cap of $4.6 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. Shares are down 34.68% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

Nuance Communications, Inc. provides voice and language solutions for businesses and consumers worldwide. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Nuance Communications a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Nuance Communications as a hold. 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 and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Nuance Communications Ratings Report from TheStreet Quant Ratings now.

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