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In Insider Trading, Newly Public Sprouts Farmers Market Sees a Purchase

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Plus, there were purchases at BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, PMC-Sierra, and Accelrys.

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Welcome to our daily roundup of top insider trades. Here's a look at the most significant inside sales and purchases filed with the SEC on Friday, August 2, 2013.

Notable Purchases:
  • Felix Baker bought 1,136,364 shares of biotechnology company BioCryst Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:BCRX), which specializes in the development of drugs that block enzymes involved in the pathogenesis of diseases, for $5 million.
  • George Golleher, a Director of Sprouts Farmers Market (NASDAQ:SFM), bought 225,000 shares of company stock for $4.05 million.
  • The activist investment fund Relational Investors LLC bought 324,436 shares of semiconductor company PMC-Sierra (NASDAQ:PMCS) for $2,141,278.
  • The investment adviser RGM Capital bought 128,350 shares of scientific informatics software and services company Accelrys (NASDAQ:ACCL) for $1,165,939.
Notable Sales:
  • Jeff Bezos, the Chairman and CEO of e-commerce company Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), sold 614,938 shares of company stock for $185,796,848.
For more insider trades, see the charts below.

Insider Purchases
#: Filer Name Insider Titles Company Name Ticker Trans
Type
Dollar Value
1
BO
JB*
$575,535,026
2
BO
JB*
$5,000,002
3
DIR
JB*
$4,050,000
4
DIR,BO
JB*
$2,413,526
5
BO
B
$2,141,278
6
BO
B
$1,165,939
7
DIR
JB*
$1,125,000
8
CFO
JB*
$810,000
9
DIR
JB*
$720,000
10
BO
B
$589,602

Insider Sales
#: Filer Name Insider Titles Company Name Ticker Trans
Type
Dollar Value
1
CB,CEO,BO
AS
$185,796,848
2
DIR
S
$10,546,620
3
CFO
AS
$8,477,149
4
TT
S
$6,798,936
5
BO
S
$4,787,053
6
DIR
S
$4,365,663
7
PR,COO
S
$3,563,736
8
VP
S
$3,518,947
9
PR,CEO,DIR
S
$3,508,481
10
CEO,PR,DIR
S
$3,114,762

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

An important note from Jonathan Moreland, founder of Insider Insights:

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

Please note, however, that the lists above are strictly factual; they are 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 InsiderInsights.com, 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.

Jonathan Moreland is also the author of "Profit From Legal Insider Trading."
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