Top Insider Trades: LQDT HERO CVX FLO

By Jonathan Moreland, founder of Insider Insights and author of Profit From Legal Insider Trading.

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- It is a victory for common sense. Tracking the trading behavior of company executives, directors and large shareholders in the stocks of firms they're registered in as "insiders" has proven to be profitable, according to both academic studies and (more importantly) the experience of professional investors.

Below are lists of the top 10 mainly open-market insider purchases and sales filed at the Securities and Exchange Commission Tuesday, Feb. 18, as ranked by dollar value. Please note, however, that these are only factual lists, not buy and sell recommendations. Dollar value is only one metric to assess the importance of an insider transaction, and, frankly, often not even the most important metric that determines if an insider transaction is significant.

At InsiderInsights.com, we find new investment ideas just about every day using these and more intricate insider screens to determine where we should focus our subsequent fundamental and technical analysis. And while stocks don't (or shouldn't) move up or down based on insider activity alone, insiders tend to be good indicators of when real stock-moving events like earnings surprises, corporate actions, and new products may be in the offing.

So use these regular Top Insider Trades columns as the initial research tools they are meant to be, and click the links in the tables to analyze a company's or insider's full insider history. Also feel free to contact us with any questions on our proprietary insider data, and how it is best analyzed.

Insider Purchases
#: Filer Name Insider Titles Company Name Ticker Trans
Type
Dollar Value
1
BO
JB*
$7,602,315
2
DIR
B
$740,443
3
DIR
JB*
$718,248
4
DIR,BO
AYR
B
$546,531
5
CEO,DIR
B
$251,638
6
DIR
B
$229,463
7
DIR
CVX
B
$226,817
8
CB,DIR
FLO
B
$197,753
9
CEO,CB,BO
OPK
B
$177,375
10
DIR
DO
B
$139,560

Source: InsiderInsights.com | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes

Insider Sales
#: Filer Name Insider Titles Company Name Ticker Trans
Type
Dollar Value
1
DIR
AS
$268,110,208
2
BO
JS*
$198,799,952
3
CB,DIR
JS*
$20,899,696
4
CEO,DIR,BO
AS
$20,006,900
5
O
P
S
$17,936,050
6
DIR
AS
$14,167,967
7
DIR
S
$11,260,724
8
DIR
BKU
JS*
$9,954,020
9
DIR
S
$7,300,000
10
DIR
S
$4,483,010

Source: InsiderInsights.com | Key to Insider Title and Trans Type Codes

More from Stocks

Here Is Your Market Playbook During This Tariff-Driven Selloff

Here Is Your Market Playbook During This Tariff-Driven Selloff

Dow Sells Off as U.S. and China Trade Tensions Escalate

Dow Sells Off as U.S. and China Trade Tensions Escalate

Dropbox Is the New Defensive Stock to Own With the Market Falling Apart

Dropbox Is the New Defensive Stock to Own With the Market Falling Apart

The Quick Answer Why Trump's Trade War Makes Stocks at Least 10% Overvalued

The Quick Answer Why Trump's Trade War Makes Stocks at Least 10% Overvalued

China Central Bank Governor Says Stay 'Calm and Rational' After Market Free Fall

China Central Bank Governor Says Stay 'Calm and Rational' After Market Free Fall