Insiders Are Buying And Selling These Top Technology Stocks Now

Wall St. Watchdog looks at insider trading trends for the 10 largest companies, as measured by market capitalization, in the Technology sector.  The insider trading data cover the past six months.

Criteria for this stock screen are:

  • Market capitalization greater than $1 billion
  • Insider shares purchased is greater than 0
  • Insider shares sold is greater than 0

Finally, note that the number of shares sold by insiders is shown as a negative number.

  • Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL): Insiders purchased 72,150 shares in the past 6 months, against insider sales of -200,670 over the past six months. Net transactions were 4 for the six month period. Insiders own 0% of the outstanding shares, of which there are 909,461,000. The stock recently traded at $403.41 and its market capitalization is $373,997,700,000. About the company: Apple Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets personal computers and related personal computing and mobile communication devices along with a variety of related software, services, peripherals, and networking solutions. The Company sells its products worldwide through its online stores, its retail stores, its direct sales force, third-party wholesalers, and resellers.
  • Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT): Insiders purchased 764,200 shares in the past 6 months, against insider sales of -40,772,960 over the past six months. Net transactions were 4 for the six month period. Insiders own 7% of the outstanding shares, of which there are 8,490,000,000. The stock recently traded at $28.08 and its market capitalization is $236,792,100,000. About the company:  Microsoft Corporation develops, manufactures, licenses, sells, and supports software products. The Company offers operating system software, server application software, business and consumer applications software, software development tools, and Internet and intranet software. Microsoft also develops video game consoles and digital music entertainment devices.
  • International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM): Insiders purchased 746,680 shares in the past 6 months, against insider sales of -576,650 over the past six months. Net transactions were 0 for the six month period. Insiders own 0% of the outstanding shares, of which there are 1,268,789,200. The stock recently traded at $182.93 and its market capitalization is $221,564,900,000. About the company: International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE:IBM) provides computer solutions through the use of advanced information technology. The Company’s solutions include technologies, systems, products, services, software, and financing. IBM offers its products through its global sales and distribution organization, as well as through a variety of third party distributors and resellers.
  • Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG): Insiders purchased 1,486,050 shares in the past 6 months, against insider sales of -1,479,600 over the past six months. Net transactions were 0 for the six month period. Insiders own 0% of the outstanding shares, of which there are 318,702,000. The stock recently traded at $622.52 and its market capitalization is $200,608,200,000. About the company:  Google Inc. is a global technology company that provides a web based search engine through its website. The Company offers a wide range of search options, including web, image, groups, directory, and news searches.
  • Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ:ORCL): Insiders purchased 2,297,590 shares in the past 6 months, against insider sales of -2,347,540 over the past six months. Net transactions were 0 for the six month period. Insiders own 0% of the outstanding shares, of which there are 5,048,000,000. The stock recently traded at $32.15 and its market capitalization is $162,831,000,000. About the company: Oracle Corporation supplies software for enterprise information management. The Company offers databases and relational servers, application development and decision support tools, and enterprise business applications. Oracle’s software runs on network computers, personal digital assistants, set-top devices, PCs, workstations, minicomputers, mainframes, and massively parallel computers.
  • Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC): Insiders purchased 424,160 shares in the past 6 months, against insider sales of -343,220 over the past six months. Net transactions were 7 for the six month period. Insiders own 0% of the outstanding shares, of which there are 5,555,000,000. The stock recently traded at $22.90 and its market capitalization is $121,389,300,000. About the company: Intel Corporation designs, manufactures, and sells computer components and related products. The Company’s major products include microprocessors, chipsets, embedded processors and microcontrollers, flash memory products, graphics products, network and communications products, systems management software, conferencing products, and digital imaging products.
  • QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM): Insiders purchased 7,675,870 shares in the past 6 months, against insider sales of -8,247,780 over the past six months. Net transactions were 3 for the six month period. Insiders own 0% of the outstanding shares, of which there are 1,643,000,000. The stock recently traded at $56.54 and its market capitalization is $94,972,460,000. About the company: QUALCOMM, Inc. develops and manufactures digital wireless communications equipment. The Company licenses its Code Division Multiple Access intellectual property to other companies, and produces CDMA-based integrated circuits; equipment and software used to track workers and assets; software for wireless content enablement; and offers services to deliver multimedia content.
  • Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO): Insiders purchased 892,220 shares in the past 6 months, against insider sales of -677,590 over the past six months. Net transactions were -2 for the six month period. Insiders own 0% of the outstanding shares, of which there are 5,732,000,000. The stock recently traded at $16.29 and its market capitalization is $89,598,020,000. About the company: Cisco Systems, Inc. supplies data networking products for the Internet. The Company’s Internet Protocol-based networking solutions are installed at corporations, public institutions and telecommunication companies worldwide. The Company’s solutions transport data, voice, and video within buildings, across campuses, and around the world.
  • Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ): Insiders purchased 131,680 shares in the past 6 months, against insider sales of -89,520 over the past six months. Net transactions were 7 for the six month period. Insiders own 0% of the outstanding shares, of which there are 2,319,000,000. The stock recently traded at $37.47 and its market capitalization is $77,718,620,000. About the company:  Hewlett-Packard Company provides imaging and printing systems, computing systems, and information technology services for business and home. The Company’s products include laser and inkjet printers, scanners, copiers and faxes, personal computers, workstations, storage solutions, and other computing and printing systems. Hewlett-Packard sells its products worldwide.
  • EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC): Insiders purchased 1,706,640 shares in the past 6 months, against insider sales of -2,924,940 over the past six months. Net transactions were 3 for the six month period. Insiders own 0% of the outstanding shares, of which there are 2,055,959,000. The stock recently traded at $27.45 and its market capitalization is $56,469,950,000. About the company: EMC Corporation provides enterprise storage systems, software, networks, and services. The Company’s products store, retrieve, manage, protect, and share information from all major computing environments and mainframe platforms. EMC operates offices around the world.
“Insider net transactions” shows the general bullishness of company insiders.  If more insider purchases than sales were made over the six month period, then this value is a positive number; conversely, if more insider sales than purchases were made, this value is a negative number.  The further away from zero this value is, the more bullish (positive) or bearish (negative number) the company’s insiders.  Obviously, a value of zero represents an equal number of sellers and buyers.  Note, also, that the number of shares sold can exceed the number of shares purchased over the six month period, yet the “insider net transactions” number can be positive.  The opposite can be true as well: the number of shares purchased can exceed the number of shares sold, yet the number of sale transactions can be greater than the number of purchase transactions.

(Note: Selected financial data are sourced from screener.co.  All data are assumed to be accurate.)

Advantage: Check out our interactive stock charts, fundamentals, Twitter stream, and more >>

Improve Your 2011 Financial Health: Join the winning team of stock pickers with Wall St. Cheat Sheet’s acclaimed premium newsletter >>