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Weekly CEO Buys Highlight: UNIS, ESL, TREE, TPGI, VAC

January 07, 2012 | About:

According to GuruFocus Insider Data, these are the largest CEO buys during the past week.

Unilife Corp. (NASDAQ:UNIS): CEO Alan Shortall Bought 150,000 Shares

CEO of Unilife Corp. (NASDAQ:UNIS) Alan Shortall bought 150,000 shares on 01/06/2012 at an average price of $3.58. Unilife Corporation is a medical device company based in U. Unilife Corp. has a market cap of $259.7 million; its shares were traded at around $3.58 with and P/S ratio of 39.

See Remarks J. Christopher Naftzger bought 2,000 shares of UNIS stock on 11/22/2011 at the average price of 3.96. J. Christopher Naftzger owns at least 41,940 shares after this. The price of the stock has decreased by 9.6% since.

Esterline Technologies Corp. (NYSE:ESL): President & CEO Richard Bradley Lawrence Bought 3,960 Shares

President & CEO of Esterline Technologies Corp. (NYSE:ESL) Richard Bradley Lawrence bought 3,960 shares on 12/30/2011 at an average price of $57.98. Esterline Technologies Corporation is a specialized engineering and manufacturing company principally serving aerospace and defense markets. Esterline Technologies Corp. has a market cap of $1.78 billion; its shares were traded at around $57.98 with a P/E ratio of 12 and P/S ratio of 1. Esterline Technologies Corp. had an annual average earnings growth of 13.4% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Esterline Technologies Corp. the business predictability rank of 4.5-star.

ESL recently reported its fiscal 2011 third quarter income from continuing operations of $37.7 million, or $1.21 per diluted share, on sales of $409.5 million. Year-ago income from continuing operations was $39.3 million, or $1.28 per diluted share, on sales of $378.3 million.

David Dreman owns 545,162 shares as of 09/30/2011, which accounts for 0.7074% of the $4 billion portfolio of Dreman Value Management. Kenneth Fisher owns 773,246 shares as of 09/30/2011, which accounts for 0.1333% of the $30.08 billion portfolio of Fisher Asset Management, LLC.

VP & CFO Robert David George bought 3,500 shares of ESL stock on 12/13/2011 at the average price of 51.67. Robert David George owns at least 4,500 shares after this. The price of the stock has increased by 12.21% since. Other insiders have also increased their positions in the company.

Tree.com Inc. (NASDAQ:TREE): Chairman & CEO, 10% Owner Douglas R Lebda Bought 30,713 Shares

Chairman & CEO, 10% Owner of Tree.com Inc. (NASDAQ:TREE) Douglas R Lebda bought 30,713 shares on 01/04/2012 at an average price of $5.85. TREE.COM, INC. is the parent of several well-known brands and businesses in the financial services and real estate industries including LendingTree, LendingTree Loans(sm), GetSmart. Tree.com Inc. has a market cap of $64.6 million; its shares were traded at around $5.85 with and P/S ratio of 0.3.

Revenue in the third quarter was $50.7 million, up $7.3 million from the prior quarter and down $2.5 million from the prior year. Third quarter 2011 Adjusted EBITDA was $9.1 million, a $19.6 million improvement from the second quarter 2011 and a $3.5 million improvement from the third quarter 2010.

Wallace Weitz owns 201,822 shares as of 09/30/2011, which accounts for 0.0494% of the $2.04 billion portfolio of Weitz Wallace R & Co. HOTCHKIS & WILEY owns 480,408 shares as of 09/30/2011, which accounts for 0.0175% of the $13.71 billion portfolio of Hotchkis & Wliey Capital Management LLC.

Director W Mac Lackey sold 30,713 shares of TREE stock on 01/04/2012 at the average price of 5.55. The price of the stock has increased by 5.41% since.

Thomas Properties Group Inc. (NYSE:TPGI): Chairman, President & CEO James A Thomas Bought 31,700 Shares

Chairman, President & CEO of Thomas Properties Group Inc. (NYSE:TPGI) James A Thomas bought 31,700 shares on 12/30/2011 at an average price of $3.23. Thomas Properties Group is a full-service real estate operating company. Thomas Properties Group Inc. has a market cap of $119.8 million; its shares were traded at around $3.23 with and P/S ratio of 1.3. The dividend yield of Thomas Properties Group Inc. stocks is 1.8%.

Arnold Schneider owns 414,778 shares as of 09/30/2011, an increase of 51.76% from the previous quarter. This position accounts for 0.0758% of the $1.25 billion portfolio of Schneider Capital Management. Third Avenue Management owns 7,707,179 shares as of 09/30/2011, which accounts for 0.45% of the $3.93 billion portfolio of Third Avenue Management.

Co-COO and EVP John R Sischo sold 15,000 shares of TPGI stock on 11/30/2011 at the average price of 3. John R Sischo owns at least 310,342 shares after this. The price of the stock has increased by 7.67% since. Other insiders have also reduced their positions in the company.

Marriott Vacations Worldwide (NYSE:VAC): President & CEO Stephen P Weisz Bought 6,000 Shares

President & CEO of Marriott Vacations Worldwide (NYSE:VAC) Stephen P Weisz bought 6,000 shares on 12/30/2011 at an average price of $17.6. Marriott Vacations Worldwide has a market cap of $593.2 million; its shares were traded at around $17.6 .

Exec. VP and CFO John E Jr Geller bought 10,000 shares of VAC stock on 12/20/2011 at the average price of 18.54. John E Jr Geller owns at least 10,533 shares after this. The price of the stock has decreased by 5.07% since. Other insiders have also decreased their positions in the company.

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