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Weekly Top Insider Sells: AN, AMZN, ISRG, DISCA and APOL

December 11, 2011 | About:
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According to GuruFocus Insider Data, these are the largest insider sells during the past week.

AutoNation Inc. (AN): Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Bill sold 338,378 Shares

AutoNation Inc. is the one of the largest automotive retailers in the United States. AutoNation Inc. has a market cap of $5.16 billion; its shares were traded at around $36.9 with a P/E ratio of 19.5 and P/S ratio of 0.4. AutoNation Inc. had an annual average earnings growth of 3.9% over the past 10 years.

On Oct. 20, 2011, AutoNation Inc. reported 2011 third quarter net income from continuing operations of $71 million, or $0.48 per share, compared to net income from continuing operations of $59 million, or $0.39 per share, for the same period in the prior year, a 23% improvement on a per-share basis. 2011 third quarter revenue totaled $3.5 billion, compared to $3.3 billion in the year-ago period, an increase of 7%, driven primarily by higher new and used vehicle average selling prices.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation sold 285,007 shares of AN stock on 11/29/2011 at the average price of $35.43. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation owns at least 5,912,063 shares after this. The price of the stock has increased by 4.15% since.

Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN): Senior Vice President Marc A. Onetto sold 50,455 Shares

Senior Vice President of Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) Marc A. Onetto sold 50,455 shares on 12/05/2011 at an average price of $193.03.

Amazon.com Inc. seeks to be the world's most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they may want to buy online. Amazon.com Inc. has a market cap of $87.78 billion; its shares were traded at around $193.03 with a P/E ratio of 103.2 and P/S ratio of 2.4. Amazon.com Inc. had an annual average earnings growth of 28.5% over the past 5 years.

On Oct. 25, 2011 Amazon.com Inc. announced financial results for its third quarter ended Sept. 30, 2011. Operating cash flow increased 19% to $3.11 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $2.62 billion for the trailing twelve months ended Sept. 30, 2010. Free cash flow decreased 17% to $1.53 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $1.83 billion for the trailing twelve months ended Sept. 30, 2010. Operating income was $79 million in the third quarter, compared with $268 million in third quarter 2010.

Senior Vice President L. Michelle Wilson sold 7,500 shares of AMZN stock on 11/15/2011 at the average price of $217.39. L. Michelle Wilson owns at least 20,485 shares after this. The price of the stock has decreased by 11.21% since.

Intuitive Surgical Inc. (ISRG): Senior Vice President Product Development Salvatore Brogna sold 21,073 Shares

SVP Product Development of Intuitive Surgical Inc. (ISRG) Salvatore Brogna sold 21,073 shares on 12/01/2011 at an average price of $440.4.

Intuitive Surgical, Inc. designs and manufactures the da Vinci Surgical System. Intuitive Surgical Inc. has a market cap of $17.17 billion; its shares were traded at around $440.4 with a P/E ratio of 38 and P/S ratio of 12.1. Intuitive Surgical Inc. had an annual average earnings growth of 48.9% over the past five years.

On Oct 18, 2011 Intuitive Surgical Inc. reported third quarter of 2011 revenue of $447 million, up 30% compared with $344 million for the third quarter of 2010. Third quarter of 2011 net income increased 41% to $122 million, or $3.05 per diluted share, from $87 million, or $2.14 per diluted share for the third quarter of 2010.

Director Alan J. Levy sold 2,500 shares of ISRG stock on 10/21/2011 at the average price of $412.15. Alan J. Levy owns at least 2,213 shares after this. The price of the stock has increased by 6.85% since.

Discovery Communications Inc. Series A (DISCA): Founder John S. Hendricks sold 200,000 Shares

Founder of Discovery Communications Inc. Series A (DISCA) John S. Hendricks sold 200,000 shares during the past week at an average price of $41.91.

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 $11.08 billion; its shares were traded at around $41.91 with a P/E ratio of 18.9 and P/S ratio of 2.9. Discovery Communications Inc. Series A had an annual average earnings growth of 115.7% over the past five years.

Founder John S. Hendricks sold 500,000 shares of DISCA stock on 11/10/2011 at the average price of $42.06. John S. Hendricks owns at least 1,243,375 shares after this. The price of the stock has decreased by 0.36% since.

Apollo Group Inc. (APOL): Executive Chairman of the Board John G. Sperling sold 166,467 Shares

Executive Chairman of the Board of Apollo Group Inc. (APOL) John G. Sperling sold 166,467 shares during the past week at an average price of $50.36.

Apollo Group Inc. has been providing higher education to working adults for over 25 years. Apollo Group Inc. has a market cap of $6.55 billion; its shares were traded at around $50.36 with a P/E ratio of 10.2 and P/S ratio of 1.4. Apollo Group Inc. had an annual average earnings growth of 21.3% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Apollo Group Inc. the business predictability rank of 5-star.

On Oct. 19, 2011, Apollo Group Inc. reported financial results for the three months and fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2011. Consolidated net revenue for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011 totaled $1,122.1 million, which represents a 10.9% decrease from the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010. The company reported income from continuing operations attributable to Apollo Group for the three months ended Aug. 31, 2011, of $188.6 million, or $1.37 per share (137.3 million weighted average diluted shares outstanding), compared to income from continuing operations attributable to Apollo Group of $47.5 million, or $0.32 per share (148.3 million weighted average diluted shares outstanding) for the three months ended Aug. 31, 2010.

Vice Chrairman of the Board Peter V. Sperling sold 10,000 shares of APOL stock on 12/01/2011 at the average price of 48.32. Peter V. Sperling owns at least 4,379,729 shares after this. The price of the stock has increased by 4.22% since.

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