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Top Insider Trades 7/20/12: BWC, EMMS, FIRE and ASH

 

Which stocks are getting attention from insiders?

In a victory for common sense, the trading behavior of company executives, directors, and large shareholders in the stocks of firms they're registered "insiders" at have been proven profitable to monitor by both academic studies and (more importantly) the experience of your fellow professional investors.

Below are lists of the top 10 mainly open-market insider purchases and sales filed at the Securities and Exchange Commission Friday, July 20, 2012 as ranked by dollar value.

Please note, however, that these are 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.

We should also relay that July is a seasonally slow filing period for insider transactions, since most companies have their trading windows closed to their execs until June quarter earnings are released. That explains why the dollar volume of the Top Buys is so small. Even so, the buying at Babcock & Wilcox on the table below met our threshold of significance.

And at InsiderInsights.com, we find new investment ideas just about every day using 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 blog posts 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 email 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
B
$2,514,000
2
CB,CEO,BO,DIR
B
$229,901
3
CEO,CB,BO
B
$115,250
4
CB,DIR,BO
B
$22,779
5
CIO
B
$22,600
6
BO
B
$21,791
7
CB,CFO,DIR
B
$16,000
8
CEO,DIR,BO
AB
$8,417
9
PR,CEO,DIR
AB
$4,250
10
CB,CEO,BO
AB
$3,342

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

Insider Sales
#: Filer Name Insider Titles Company Name Ticker Trans
Type
Dollar Value
1
DIR
AS
$12,428,886
2
DIR
S
$2,385,595
3
CEO
AS
$1,694,256
4
CTO,CEO,DIR
AS
$1,429,173
5
BO
S
$980,573
6
CB,DIR,BO
S
$930,250
7
PR
AS
$924,372
8
BO
JS*
$867,365
9
BO
S
$705,184
10
BO
JS*
$680,960

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

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