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Top Insider Trades: GCAP GE PFMT NSPR

Tickers in this article: GCAP GE NSPR PFMT

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 Friday, April 26, 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.

Gain Cap. ( GCAP) Master Global BO 506,616 2,825,238
GE ( GE) Beattie William DIR 10,000 218,000
Inspiremd ( NSPR) Barer Sol DIR 50,000 100,000
Firstmerit ( FMER) Strobel Russ DIR 5,000 84,817
Intl Baler ( IBAL) Toppan Alexander BO 47,797 76,475
Capital Bank ( CBF) Posner Kenneth O 2,500 42,615
Access Nat. ( ANCX) Clarke Michael PR,CEO,DIR 3,500 42,160
Monarch ( MNRK) Morrison William CEO,DIR 4,000 40,000
Pope ( POPE) Dahl J. BO 401 24,688
Home ( HBCP) Judice M. DIR 1,070 19,795
Source: Insider Insights
Seacube ( BOX) Fortress BO 17,050,000 392,150,016
Google ( GOOG) Schmidt Eric CB,DIR 75,000 60,867,136
Performant ( PFMT) Pcp BO 5,000,000 57,450,000
Overstock ( OSTK) Chou F. BO 402,794 8,029,678
Lithia ( LAD) Lithia Holding BO 127,796 6,191,389
Constellation Br ( STZ) Wright John VP,COO 98,819 4,762,140
Delphi ( DLPH) Frissora M. DIR 24,800 1,103,600
Stryker ( SYK) Stryker Ronda DIR 14,000 914,819
Broadcom ( BRCM) Samueli Henry CB,CTO,DIR 25,000 875,000
Red Hat ( RHT) Peters Charles VP,CFO 16,194 792,194
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.