Company Insiders That Just Filed With the SEC to Sell Shares

Following is information on the 10 largest Form 144 filings from the past week.  Form 144s must be filed with the SEC when the insider in question plans to sell shares in the company of which he or she is an insider within the next 3 months.

  1. J Leonard, who is an insider of Entergy Corp De (NYSE:ETR), filed Form 144 with the SEC on May 27 2011, indicating plans to sell 376,793 shares for total proceeds of $31,554,000.00. About the company:  Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company that is primarily focused on electric power production and retail electric distribution operations.  The Company delivers electricity to utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas.  Entergy also owns and operates nuclear plants in the northern United States.
  2. Timothy Ring, who is an insider of C R Bard Inc (NYSE:BCR), filed Form 144 with the SEC on May 25 2011, indicating plans to sell 75,000 shares for total proceeds of $8,232,420.00. About the company:  C. R. Bard, Inc. designs, manufactures, packages, distributes, and sells medical, surgical, diagnostic, and patient care devices.  The Company sells a broad range of products worldwide to hospitals, individual healthcare professionals, extended care facilities and alternative site facilities.  Bard markets vascular, urological, oncological, and surgical specialties products. Competitors to Watch: Teleflex Incorporated (NYSE:TFX), Covidien plc (NYSE:COV), Boston Scientific Corp. (NYSE:BSX), Merit Medical Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:MMSI), AngioDynamics, Inc. (NASDAQ:ANGO), Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE:USA) (NASDAQ:ANPI), Theragenics Corporation (NYSE:TGX), Rochester Medical Corp. (NASDAQ:ROCM), CONMED Corporation (NASDAQ:CNMD), and Becton, Dickinson and Co. (NYSE:BDX).
  3. David West, who is an insider of Hershey Co (NYSE:HSY), filed Form 144 with the SEC on May 26 2011, indicating plans to sell 120,031 shares for total proceeds of $6,484,590.00. About the company:  The Hershey Company manufactures chocolate and sugar confectionery products.  The Company’s principal products include confectionery and snack products; gum and mint refreshment products; and food and beverage enhancers such as baking ingredients, toppings and beverages. Competitors to Watch: Kraft Foods Inc. (NYSE:KFT), Snyder S Lance Inc (NASDAQ:LNCE), John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc. (NASDAQ:JBSS), Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Inc. (NASDAQ:RMCF), Tootsie Roll Industries, Inc. (NYSE:TR), Ralcorp Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:RAH), Diamond Foods, Inc. (NASDAQ:DMND), The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAIN), General Mills, Inc. (NYSE:GIS) Pepsi (NYSE:PEP), Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) and The J.M. Smucker Company (NYSE:SJM).
  4. Carlyn Solomon, who is an insider of Edwards Lifesciences Corp (NYSE:EW), filed Form 144 with the SEC on May 20 2011, indicating plans to sell 70,200 shares for total proceeds of $6,225,340.00. About the company:  Edwards Lifesciences Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, and markets products and services to treat late-stage cardiovascular disease.  The Company’s products include tissue replacement heart valves, heart valve repair products, hemodynamic monitoring devices, angioscopy equipment, oxygenators, and pharmaceuticals.  Edwards supplies its products to customers located worldwide.
  5. Diane Neal, who is an insider of Limited Brands Inc (NYSE:LTD), filed Form 144 with the SEC on May 20 2011, indicating plans to sell 146,037 shares for total proceeds of $5,781,600.00. About the company:  Limited Brands, Inc. owns and operates specialty stores throughout the United States. The Company, through its retail stores, offers a wide range of products, including women’s apparel, women’s lingerie, beauty products and accessories, personal care, and home fragrance products.  The Company’s stores also offer products via the Internet. Competitors to Watch: New York & Company, Inc. (NYSE:NWY), Express, Inc. (NYSE:EXPR), The Wet Seal, Inc. (NASDAQ:WTSLA), Christopher & Banks Corp. (NYSE:CBK), Chico’s FAS, Inc. (NYSE:CHS), Ann Inc (NYSE:ANN), Coldwater Creek Inc. (NASDAQ:CWTR), Ascena Retail Group Inc (NASDAQ:ASNA), Charming Shoppes, Inc. (NASDAQ:CHRS), and The Talbots, Inc. (NYSE:TLB).
  6. Elliott Sigal, who is an insider of Bristol Myers Squibb Co (NYSE:BMY), filed Form 144 with the SEC on May 18 2011, indicating plans to sell 151,029 shares for total proceeds of $4,334,700.00. About the company:  Bristol-Myers Squibb Company is a global biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops, manufactures and sells pharmaceutical and nutritional products.  The Company’s products and experimental therapies address cancer, heart disease, HIV/AIDS, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, hepatitis, organ transplant rejection and psychiatric disorders. Competitors to Watch: Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE), Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK), Eli Lilly & Co. (NYSE:LLY), Sanofi-Aventis SA (NYSE:SNY), Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT), Novartis AG (NYSE:NVS), Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ), Roche Holding Ltd. (RHHBY), GlaxoSmithKline plc (NYSE:GSK), and AstraZeneca plc (NYSE:AZN).
  7. Markwart Vonpentz, who is an insider of Deere & Co (NYSE:DE), filed Form 144 with the SEC on May 20 2011, indicating plans to sell 42,185 shares for total proceeds of $3,599,890.00. About the company:  Deere & Company manufactures and distributes a range of agricultural, construction and forestry, and commercial and consumer equipment. The Company supplies replacement parts for its own products and for those of other manufacturers.  Deere also provides product and parts financing services. Competitors to Watch: AGCO Corporation (NYSE:AGCO), Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT), Arts-Way Manufacturing Co. Inc. (NASDAQ:ARTW), The Toro Company (NYSE:TTC), Lindsay Corporation (NYSE:LNN), Kubota Corporation (NYSE:KUB), CNH Global N.V. (NYSE:CNH), Bucyrus (NASDAQ:BUCY), Alamo Group, Inc. (NYSE:ALG), Cummins (NYSE:CMI), General Electric (NYSE:GE) and Manitowoc Company, Inc. (NYSE:MTW).
  8. Floyd Wilson, who is an insider of Petrohawk Energy Corp (NYSE:HK), filed Form 144 with the SEC on May 20 2011, indicating plans to sell 141,400 shares for total proceeds of $3,561,510.00. About the company:  Petrohawk Energy Corporation is an oil and gas company.  The Company participates in the exploration and production of natural gas and crude oil.  Petrohawk’s operations are currently focused in proven oil and gas producing trends primarily in South Texas, Louisiana, and Central California.
  9. Peter Kinnear, who is an insider of Fmc Technologies Inc (NYSE:FTI), filed Form 144 with the SEC on May 25 2011, indicating plans to sell 80,000 shares for total proceeds of $3,461,600.00. About the company:  FMC Technologies, Inc. designs, manufactures, and services systems and products used in offshore, particularly deepwater, exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas.  The Company also provides advanced handling and processing systems to industrial customers.  FMC Technologies’ subsea products include drilling and production systems, subsea tree systems, and fluid control systems.
  10. Frederick Kuester, who is an insider of Wisconsin Energy Corp (NYSE:WEC), filed Form 144 with the SEC on May 16 2011, indicating plans to sell 100,000 shares for total proceeds of $3,181,000.00. About the company:  Wisconsin Energy Corporation is a diversified energy holding company.  The Company, through its subsidiaries, provides utility services such as distributing electric, gas, steam, and water.

(Note: The data are sourced from here, and are assumed to be accurate.)

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