Insider Trading Alert - HLX, NLSN And VVUS Traded By Insiders

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Yesterday, March 12, 2014, 136 U.S. common stocks issued filings of shares being bought or sold by insiders. The transactions ranged in value from $100.01 to $1,795,652,303.10.

Highlighted Stocks Traded by Insiders:

Helix Energy Solutions Group (HLX) - FREE Research Report

Tripodo Anthony who is Executive Vice President & CFO at Helix Energy Solutions Group sold 10,000 shares at $23.28 on March 12, 2014. Following this transaction, the Executive Vice President & CFO owned 204,899 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 4.65% with the 10,000-share transaction.

Watt James A who is Director at Helix Energy Solutions Group sold 15,000 shares at $23.12 on March 12, 2014. Following this transaction, the Director owned 103,583 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 12.65% with the 15,000-share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $23.49, up $0.37, or 1.58% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for Helix Energy Solutions Group go as follows:

  • 4-Week # shares bought: 2,226
  • 4-Week # shares sold: 2,851
  • 12-Week # shares bought: 2,226
  • 12-Week # shares sold: 2,851
  • 24-Week # shares bought: 52,226
  • 24-Week # shares sold: 17,666

The average volume for Helix Energy Solutions Group has been 829,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. Helix Energy Solutions Group has a market cap of $2.5 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are up 2.11% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc., an offshore energy company, together with its subsidiaries, provides specialty services to the offshore energy industry, primarily in the Gulf of Mexico, North Sea, the Asia Pacific, and West Africa regions. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.0. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Helix Energy Solutions Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Helix Energy Solutions Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Helix Energy Solutions Group Ratings Report from TheStreet Quant Ratings now.

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Nielsen Holdings (NLSN) - FREE Research Report

Kilts James M who is Director at Nielsen Holdings sold 374,202 shares at $46.25 on March 12, 2014. Following this transaction, the Director owned 227,812 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 62.16% with the 374,202-share transaction.

Blackstone Capital Partners (Cayman) V L.P. who is 10% Owner at Nielsen Holdings sold 6.1 million shares at $46.25 on March 12, 2014. Following this transaction, the 10% Owner owned 748,843 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 89.07% with the 6.1 million-share transaction.

Blackstone Management Associates (Cayman) V L.P. who is 10% Owner at Nielsen Holdings sold 6.1 million shares at $46.25 on March 12, 2014. Following this transaction, the 10% Owner owned 748,843 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 89.07% with the 6.1 million-share transaction.

Rao Gnaneshwar B. who is Director at Nielsen Holdings sold 6.2 million shares at $46.25 on March 12, 2014. Following this transaction, the Director owned 18.9 million shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 24.73% with the 6.2 million-share transaction.

KKR Group Holdings L.P. who is 10% Owner at Nielsen Holdings sold 6.2 million shares at $46.25 on March 12, 2014. Following this transaction, the 10% Owner owned 15.7 million shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 28.26% with the 6.2 million-share transaction.

CP IV GP, Ltd. who is 10% Owner at Nielsen Holdings sold 6.1 million shares at $46.25 on March 12, 2014. Following this transaction, the 10% Owner owned 18.6 million shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 24.73% with the 6.1 million-share transaction.

KKR VNU Equity Investors, L.P. who is 10% Owner at Nielsen Holdings sold 6.2 million shares at $46.25 on March 12, 2014. Following this transaction, the 10% Owner owned 15.7 million shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 28.26% with the 6.2 million-share transaction.

Valcon Acquisition Holding (Luxembourg) S.A R.L. who is 10% Owner at Nielsen Holdings sold 30.0 million shares at $46.25 on March 12, 2014. Following this transaction, the 10% Owner owned 95.2 million shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 23.96% with the 30.0 million-share transaction.

Thomas H. Lee Advisors (Alternative) VI, Ltd. who is 10% Owner at Nielsen Holdings sold 12.4 million shares at $46.25 on March 12, 2014. Following this transaction, the 10% Owner owned 4.5 million shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 73.33% with the 12.4 million-share transaction.

Carlyle Group Management L.L.C. who is 10% Owner at Nielsen Holdings sold 6.1 million shares at $46.25 on March 12, 2014. Following this transaction, the 10% Owner owned 18.6 million shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 24.73% with the 6.1 million-share transaction.

Historical insider transactions for Nielsen Holdings go as follows:

  • 4-Week # shares sold: 30.0 million
  • 12-Week # shares sold: 30.0 million
  • 24-Week # shares sold: 30.0 million

The average volume for Nielsen Holdings has been 2.5 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Nielsen Holdings has a market cap of $17.4 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. Shares are down 0.02% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

Nielsen Holdings N.V., an information and measurement company, provides media and marketing information, analytics, and industry expertise about what consumers watch and listen on a global and local basis. The company operates in two segments, Buy and Watch. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 1.74%. The company has a P/E ratio of 40.2. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Nielsen Holdings a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Nielsen Holdings as a buy. 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, revenue growth, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Nielsen Holdings Ratings Report from TheStreet Quant Ratings now.

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Vivus (VVUS) - FREE Research Report

Fischer Seth H.Z. who is Chief Executive Officer at Vivus bought 3,080 shares at $6.07 on March 12, 2014. Following this transaction, the Chief Executive Officer owned 3,080 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 100% with the 3,080-share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $6.10, up $0.03, or 0.5% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for Vivus go as follows:

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

The average volume for Vivus has been 2.8 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Vivus has a market cap of $630.1 million and is part of the health care sector and drugs industry. Shares are down 32.82% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

VIVUS, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, engages in developing and commercializing therapies to address unmet needs in obesity, sleep apnea, diabetes, and sexual health. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Vivus a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

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

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