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Weekly Top Insider Sells: MSFT, UNH, ORCL, GOOG, DISCA

November 06, 2011 | About:

According to GuruFocus Insider Data, these are the largest insider sells during the past week.

Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:MSFT): Director William H. Gates III sold 10,000,000 Shares

Director of Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:MSFT) William H. Gates III sold 10,000,000 shares during the past week at an average price of $26.25.

Microsoft develops, manufactures, licenses, and supports a wide range of software products for a multitude of computing devices. Microsoft Corp. has a market cap of $219.93 billion; its shares were traded at around $26.25 with a P/E ratio of 9.8 and P/S ratio of 3.2. The dividend yield of Microsoft Corp. stocks is 2.5%. Microsoft Corp. had an annual average earnings growth of 14.4% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Microsoft Corp. the business predictability rank of 4.5-star.

On Oct. 20, 2011 Microsoft Corp. announced record first-quarter revenue of $17.37 billion for the quarter ended Sept. 30, 2011, a 7% increase from the same period of the prior year. Operating income, net income, and diluted earnings per share for the quarter were $7.20 billion, $5.74 billion, and $0.68 per share, which represented increases of 1%, 6%, and 10%, respectively, when compared with the prior year period.

Director William H. Gates III sold 5,000,000 shares of MSFT stock on 10/25/2011 at the average price of $26.98. William H Gates III owns at least 535,979,055 shares after this. The price of the stock has decreased by 2.71% since.

UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE:UNH): President and Chief Executive Officer Stephen J. Hemsley sold 1,200,000 Shares

President and Chief Executive Officer of UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE:UNH) Stephen J. Hemsley sold 1,200,000 shares on 10/27/2011 at an average price of $45.58.

UnitedHealth Group Inc. offers health care coverage and related services to help people achieve improved health and well-being through all stages of life. UnitedHealth Group Inc. has a market cap of $49.05 billion; its shares were traded at around $45.58 with a P/E ratio of 10.2 and P/S ratio of 0.6. The dividend yield of UnitedHealth Group Inc. stocks is 1.5%. UnitedHealth Group Inc. had an annual average earnings growth of 19% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated UnitedHealth Group Inc.the business predictability rank of 4-star.

On Oct. 18, 2011, UnitedHealth Group reported third quarter results. Net earnings were $1.17 per share. The company now forecasts 2011 revenues to exceed $101 billion, net earnings in the range of $4.40 to $4.45 per share and cash flows from operations of approximately $6.2 billion. Each of these has been increased from the previous outlook.

Executive Vice President UnitedHealth Group William A. Munsell sold 170,000 shares of UNH stock on 10/25/2011 at the average price of 48.75. William A. Munsell owns at least 181,500 shares after this. The price of the stock has decreased by 6.5% since.

Oracle Corp. (NYSE:ORCL): Executive Vice President Product Development Thomas Kurian sold 1,400,000 Shares

Executive Vice President Product Development of Oracle Corp. (NYSE:ORCL) Thomas Kurian sold 1,400,000 shares on 10/31/2011 at an average price of $32.55.

Oracle Corporation is one of the world's suppliers of software for information management. Oracle Corp. has a market cap of $164.88 billion; its shares were traded at around $32.55 with a P/E ratio of 14.9 and P/S ratio of 4.6. The dividend yield of Oracle Corp. stocks is 0.7%. Oracle Corp. had an annual average earnings growth of 19.3% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Oracle Corp. the business predictability rank of 3.5-star.

On Sept. 20, 2011 Oracle Corporation announced fiscal 2012 first quarter GAAP total revenues were up 12% to $8.4 billion. GAAP operating income was up 40% to $2.7 billion, and GAAP operating margin was 32%. GAAP net income was up 36% to $1.8 billion. GAAP earnings per share were $0.36, up 34% compared to last year. GAAP operating cash flow on a trailing twelve month basis was $12.8 billion, up 46% from last year.

Director Hector Garcia-molina sold 3,667 shares of ORCL stock on 09/15/2011 at the average price of $28.57. Hector Garcia-molina owns at least 5,000 shares after this. The price of the stock has increased by 13.93% since.

Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG): Executive Chairman of the Board Eric E. Schmidt sold 44,554 Shares

Executive Chairman of the Board of Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) Eric E. Schmidt sold 44,554 shares on 10/28/2011 at an average price of $596.14.

Google is a public and profitable company focused on search services. Google Inc. has a market cap of $192.49 billion; its shares were traded at around $596.14 with a P/E ratio of 19.3 and P/S ratio of 6.5. Google Inc. had an annual average earnings growth of 58.4% over the past 10 years.

On Oct. 13, 2011, Google Inc. announced financial results for the quarter ended Sept. 30, 2011. Google reported revenues of $9.72 billion for the quarter ended September 30, 2011, an increase of 33% compared to the third quarter of 2010. GAAP net income in the third quarter of 2011 was $2.73 billion, compared to $2.17 billion in the third quarter of 2010. GAAP EPS in the third quarter of 2011 was $8.33 on 327 million diluted shares outstanding, compared to $6.72 in the third quarter of 2010 on 322 million diluted shares outstanding.

Co-Founder, 10% Owner Sergey Brin sold 83,334 shares of GOOG stock on 10/04/2011 at the average price of $488.95. The price of the stock has increased by 21.92% since.

Discovery Communications Inc. Series A (NASDAQ:DISCA): Founder John S. Hendricks sold 400,000 Shares

Founder of Discovery Communications Inc. Series A (NASDAQ:DISCA) John S. Hendricks sold 400,000 shares during the past week at an average price of $44.02.

Discovery Communications Inc., formerly Discovery Holding Company, is a holding company that conducts operations through its two wholly owned operating subsidiaries, Ascent Media Group LLC and Ascent Media CANS LLC. Discovery Communications Inc. Series A has a market cap of $12.52 billion; its shares were traded at around $44.02 with a P/E ratio of 21.6 and P/S ratio of 3.3. Discovery Communications Inc. Series A had an annual average earnings growth of 115.7% over the past five years.

On Nov. 1, 2011, Discovery Communications Inc. reported financial results for the third quarter ended Sept. 30, 2011. Third quarter revenues of $1,095 million increased $169 million, or 18%, over the third quarter a year ago, led by 19% growth at U.S. Networks and 19% growth at International Networks.

Senior Executive Vice President Human Resources Adria Alpert-romm sold 25,000 shares of DISCA stock on 08/29/2011 at the average price of $40.5. The price of the stock has increased by 8.69% since.

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