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Top Insider Trades: FB NLNK GD NOW

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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, February 5, 2013 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.

Stine Seed Farm BO880,00010,032,000
Perceptive Advisors BO50,0001,389,400
Dhadphale Lalit CEO,DIR,
Penn Arthur H CB,CEO,
Wilson Bank ( WBHC) Trice John R DIR8,543373,756
( TGI)
Drosdick John G DIR5,000346,048
( GD)
Osborn William A DIR5,000332,375
Twin Haven Sp Op Fd BO14,300285,571
Damaj Bassam CEO,DIR,
ADT ( ADT) Colligan Thomas J DIR2,00094,709
Source: Insider Insights
Microsoft ( MSFT) Gates William H DIR5,500,000153,272,352
Tri Pointe Homes ( TPH) Sternlicht Barry S DIR,BO5,742,35097,619,952
( FB)
Breyer James DIR2,521,77874,077,536
Servicenow ( NOW) Luddy Frederic B DIR,BO455,00012,427,014
Linkedin ( LNKD) Hoffman Reid DIR,BO83,33410,254,100
Linkedin ( LNKD) Nishar Dipchand VP64,6258,034,356
Travelzoo ( TZOO) Azzurro Capital BO324,2186,862,556
( FB)
Sandberg Sheryl COO,DIR176,4525,105,156
( FB)
Ebersman David A CFO173,4005,006,323
Linkedin ( LNKD) Weiner Jeff CEO,DIR37,0004,552,639
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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