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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, November 6, 2012 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, 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.

Unitedhealth ( UNH) Bueno Edson DG DIR 8,416,905 469,999,968
Janus Capital ( JNS) Dai Ichi Life Ins BO 799,741 6,786,147
VMware ( VMW) EMC BO 56,271 4,997,803
Enservco ( ENSV) Herman Michael D CEO,DIR 4,222,000 1,477,700
Questcor ( QCOR) Medeiros David J VP,CTO 55,000 1,315,400
Pioneer Energy ( PES) Locke Stacy PR,CEO,DIR 100,000 640,537
Continental ( CRGC.QB) Honig Barry C BO 2,456,935 616,486
Ironwood Pharm ( IRWD) Hecht Peter M CEO,DIR 50,000 582,500
Hawaiian ( HCOM) Twin Haven BO 25,000 428,550
Regions Financial ( RF) Fast Eric C DIR 16,000 398,880
Source: Insider Insights
Google ( GOOG) Doerr L John DIR 7,357 5,000,529
Triumph ( TGI) ILL Richard C CB,DIR 60,000 3,963,166
Cms Energy ( CMS) Joos David W DIR 150,000 3,544,425
Mednax ( MD) Fernandez Michael DIR 40,000 2,988,826
M & T Bank ( MTB) Czarnecki Mark J PR 24,898 2,559,923
3d Systems ( DDD) Loewenbaum GW II DIR 40,000 1,698,400
Omnicare ( OCR) Stamps Jeffrey M VP,PR,OO 40,560 1,434,202
Landstar System ( LSTR) Gerkens Henry H CB,PR,CEO 26,969 1,377,936
Capitol Fed Finl ( CFFN) Aleshire R Joe VP 100,000 1,184,000
Alliance ( ARLP) Hall Michael J DIR 18,428 1,172,963
Source: Insider Insights

Key to Titles: A=Assistant, AI=Affiliated Investor, AO=Accounting Officer, BD=Business Development, BO=Beneficial Owner, CAO=Chief Accounting Officer, CB=Chairman, CCO=Chief Compliance Officer, CEO=Chief Executive Officer, CFO=Chief Financial Officer, CIO=Chief Information Officer, CO=Compliance Officer, COO=Chief Operating Officer, CT=Controller, CTO=Chief Technology Officer, DIR=Director, EVP=Executive Vice President, F=Founder, FO=Financial Officer, GC=General Counsel, HR=Human Resources, IO=Information Officer, IR=Investor Relations, LO=Legal Officer, MD=Managing Director, O=Officer, OO=Operating Officer, PR=President, PT=Partner, REL=Relative of an insider, SEC=Secretary, SH=Shareholder, SO=Sales Officer, TO=Technology Officer, TR=Treasurer, TT=Trustee, VCB=Vice Chairman, VP=Vice President, X=Ex Officer or other title displayed.

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