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    Weekly Focus Article – Cybex Merger Arbitrage and an Important Message

    With insider buying slowing down considerably over the last few weeks, it has been challenging to find good candidates for the weekly focus articles. Instead of picking another company with insider buying, I figured I would highlight a merger arbitrage opportunity that presented itself this week in what will be the last of these weekly focus articles (more on that later). Different strategies tend to outperform and underperform the market at different points of time and value investor Jae Jun at Old School Value has done a great job of back testing insider buying over different time periods during ...

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    Top Insider Transactions for 10/18/2012

    On account of muted insider activity, only two stocks made the cut today on the buy side. I expect insider activity to pick up again as we progress through the earnings season.

    Insider Transactions – October 18, 2012

    Notable Insider Buys:

    1. Privatebancorp Inc. (PVTB): $16.68

    Director James Bruce Nicholson acquired 6,000 shares of this regional bank, paying $17.06 per share for a total amount of $102,360. Mr. Nicholson increased his stake by 15.81% to 43,959 shares with this purchase.

    P/E: 23.17 Forward P/E: 13.79 Industry P/E: 11.96 P/S: 2.78 Price/Book: 1.08 EV/EBITDA: N/A Market Cap: $1.21B Avg. Daily Volume: 501,148 52 Week Range: $8.5 – $17.42 Rating: 9.00

    2. Citizens & Northern ...

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    Top Insider Transactions for 10/17/2012

    Insider Transactions – October 17, 2012

    Notable Insider Buys:

    1. Valhi, Inc. (VHI): $12.28

    Chairman of the Board Harold C. Simmons acquired 4,000 shares of this chemicals and toxic waste management company, paying $12.20 per share for a total amount of $48,800. Mr. Simmons increased his stake by 0.25% to 1,633,853 shares with this purchase.

    P/E: 16.12 Forward P/E: N/A Industry P/E: 16.52 P/S: 1.86 Price/Book: 64.29 EV/EBITDA: 8.99 Market Cap: $4.16B Avg. Daily Volume: 31,172 52 Week Range: $10.67 – $21.69 Rating: 6.00

    2. Alliant Energy Corporation (LNT): $45.23

    Director Patrick E. Allen acquired 459 shares of this electric utility, paying $44.50 per share for a total amount of $20,426. ...

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    Top Insider Transactions for 10/16/2012

    Insider Transactions – October 16, 2012

    Notable Insider Buys:

    1. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (CBRL): $67.17

    10% Owner Sardar Biglari acquired 34,000 shares of this restaurant chain, paying $12.18 per share for a total amount of $2.3 million. These shares were sold indirectly by  Biglari Holdings Inc.

    We normally exclude purchases by 10% owners but decided to include this one to highlight Mr. Biglari’s purchase. Cracker Barrel was the subject of one of our weekly focus articles.

    P/E: 15.27 Forward P/E: 12.23 Industry P/E: 18.26 P/S: 0.61 Price/Book: 4.1 EV/EBITDA: 7.73 Market Cap: $1.58B Avg. Daily Volume: 183,708 52 Week Range: $38.96 – $69.3 Rating: 7.50

    2. Valhi, Inc. ...

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    Top Insider Transactions for 10/15/2012

    Insider Transactions – October 15, 2012

    Notable Insider Buys:

    1. Privatebancorp Inc. (PVTB): $16.86

    Pres. of Natl. Com. Banking Bruce R. Hague acquired 4,000 shares of this regional bank, paying $15.75 per share for a total amount of $63,000. Mr. Hague increased his stake by 2.74% to 149,743 shares with this purchase.

    P/E: 23.42 Forward P/E: 14.17 Industry P/E: 11.55 P/S: 2.81 Price/Book: 1.09 EV/EBITDA: N/A Market Cap: $1.22B Avg. Daily Volume: 485,406 52 Week Range: $8.42 – $17.42 Rating: 8.50

    2. Landmark Bancorp Inc. (LARK): $20.1

    Director Richard Ball acquired 2,785 shares of this regional bank, paying $19.93 per share for a total amount of $55,505. These shares were purchased ...

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