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Weekly Top Insider Buys: Church & Dwight Co. Inc., DPL Inc., Albermarle Corp., Career Education Corp., and Zions Ban Corp.

December 13, 2009 | About:
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Weekly highlight of top insider buys: Church & Dwight Co. Inc. (CHD), DPL Inc. (DPL), Albemarle Corp. (ALB), Career Education Corp. (CECO), and Zions Ban Corp. (ZION).

Church & Dwight Co. Inc. (CHD): Executive V.P. Human Resources Jacquelin J Brova Bought 1,250 Shares

Executive V.P. Human Resources of Church & Dwight Co. Inc., Jacquelin J Brova, bought 1,250 shares on 12/04/09 at an average price of $60.18.

Church & Dwight Co, Inc. is the world's leading producer of sodium bicarbonate, a versatile chemical which performs a broad range of functions such as cleaning, deodorizing, leavening and buffering. The Company specializes in sodium bicarbonate and sodium bicarbonate-based products, along with other products which use the same raw materials or technology. Church & Dwight Co. Inc. has a market cap of $4.23 billion; its shares were traded at around $60.18 with a P/E ratio of 18.24 and P/S ratio of 1.75. The dividend yield of Church & Dwight Co. Inc. stocks is 0.93%. Church & Dwight Co. Inc. had an annual average earning growth of 22.9% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Church & Dwight Co. Inc. the business predictability rank of 5-star.

On Nov. 3, 2009, Church & Dwight Co., Inc. reported net income for the quarter ended September 25, of $70.0 million compared to last year’s reported net income of $49.0 million. Reported net sales for the third quarter increased approximately 2.5% to $646.2 million.

Church & Dwight Co. Inc. is in the portfolios of Jean-Marie Eveillard of Arnhold & S. Bleichroeder Advisers, LLC and Ron Baron of Baron Funds.

This month, Buy:: Executive V.P. Human Resources Jacquelin J Brova bought 1,250 shares of CHD stock the price of the stock. Sell:: Director J R Jr Leaman andSell:: Executive V.P., Global R&D Paul A Siracusa both sold shares the same month. In November, Sell:: Executive VP Global New Pdcts Steven P Cugine and Sell:: Executive VP, Pres. & COO SPD Joseph A Jr Sipia both sold shares.

DPL Inc. (DPL): SVP, Gen Counsel & Corp Dev Douglas C Taylor Bought 3,700 Shares

SVP, Gen Counsel & Corp Dev of DPL Inc., Douglas C Taylor, bought 3,700 shares on 12/08/09 at an average price of $28.68.

DPL Inc. is a holding company. Its principal subsidiary is The Dayton Power and Light Company. The Dayton Power and Light Company sells electricity and natural gas to residential, commercial and governmental customers in West Central Ohio. DPL Inc. has a market cap of $3.43 billion; its shares were traded at around $28.68 with a P/E ratio of 12.98 and P/S ratio of 2.14. The dividend yield of Dpl Inc. stocks is 3.97%. Dpl Inc. had an annual average earning growth of 2.2% over the past 10 years.

On Oct. 28, DPL Inc. reported third quarter 2009 earnings of $0.59 per share, compared to $0.42 per share for the same period in 2008. Revenues decreased $7.2 million to $407.3 million for the three months ended September 30, 2009 compared to $414.5 million for the same period in 2008.

DPL Inc. is in the portfolios of George Soros of Soros Fund Management LLC and John Hussman of Hussman Economtrics Advisors, Inc.

Last week, Buy:: SVP, Gen Counsel & Corp Dev Douglas C Taylor bought 3,700 shares of DPL stock and the price of the stock increased by 2.1%. In November, Buy:: SVP, Service Operations Scott J Kelly and Buy:: Sr VP and Chief Admin Officer Daniel J Mccabe both bought shares. Sell:: Director Robert D Biggs sold 125,000 shares the same month; the price increased by 3%.

Albemarle Corp. (ALB): Director John Jr Sherman Bought 1,850 Shares

Director of Albemarle Corp., John Jr Sherman, bought 1,850 shares on 12/08/09 at an average price of $36.1.

Albemarle Corporation is a major producer of fine and performance chemicals including polymer intermediates, cleaning product intermediates and additives, agricultural chemical intermediates, pharmaceutical intermediates, catalysts, bromine chemicals and potassium and chlorine chemicals. Albemarle Corp. has a market cap of $3.31 billion; its shares were traded at around $36.1 with a P/E ratio of 21.49 and P/S ratio of 1.34. The dividend yield of Albemarle Corp. stocks is 1.39%. Albemarle Corp. had an annual average earning growth of 8.5% over the past 10 years.

On October 26, Albemarle Corporation reported third quarter 2009 earnings of $52.1 million, or 57 cents per share, compared to third quarter 2008 earnings of $56.2 million, or 61 cents per share. The Company reported net sales in the third quarter of 2009 totaling $515.3 million compared to third quarter 2008 net sales of $660.5 million.

Last week, Buy:: Director John Jr Sherman bought 1,850 shares of ALB stock and the price of the stock increased by 3.44%. In July, Sell:: VP-Global Sales,Svce&Ops Plnng Anthony Stephen Parnell sold 5,000 shares; the price increased by almost 20%.

Career Education Corp. (CECO): Director David W Devonshire Bought 2,000 Shares

Director of Career Education Corp., David W Devonshire, bought 2,000 shares on 12/09/09 at an average price of $27.22.

Career Education Corporation is a provider of private, for-profit post-secondary education with campuses throughout the United States and Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United Arab Emirates. The company’s schools enjoy long operating histories and offer a variety of master's degree, bachelor's degree, associate degree, and diploma programs in career-oriented disciplines. Career Education Corp. has a market cap of $2.36 billion; its shares were traded at around $27.22 with a P/E ratio of 20.62 and P/S ratio of 1.38.

On Nov. 4, Career Education Corporation reported total revenue of $459.9 million, and net income of $20.8 million, or $0.25 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2009 compared to total revenue of $403.0 million and a net loss of $0.1 million, or $0.00per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2008.

Last week, Buy:: Director David W Devonshire and Buy:: 10% Owner Capital Partners Lp Blum both bought shares of CECO stock. Buy:: SVP Deborah Lenart, Buy:: SVP Brian R. Williams and Buy:: SVP Colleen M O'sullivan all bought shares in June; the price has increased almost 30% since.

Zions Ban Corp. (ZION): Senior Vice Pres. James R Abbott Bought 13,000 Shares

Senior Vice Pres. of Zions Ban Corp., James R Abbott, bought 13,000 shares on 12/04/09 at an average price of $13.59.

Zions Bancorporation is a multi-bank holding company which focuses on maintaining community-minded banking by strengthening its core business lines of retail banking, small and medium-sized business lending, residential mortgage and investment activities. Zions Ban Corp. has a market cap of $1.9 billion; its shares were traded at around $13.59 with and P/S ratio of 0.6. The dividend yield of Zions Ban Corp. stocks is 0.29%. Zions Ban Corp. had an annual average earning growth of 7.9% over the past 10 years.

On Oct. 19, Zions Ban Corporation (Nasdaq:ZION) reported a third quarter net loss applicable to common shareholders of $179.5 million or $1.41 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $40.7 million or $0.35 per diluted share for the second quarter of 2009.

Zions Ban Corp. is in the portfolio of Kenneth Fisher of Fisher Asset Management, LLC.

Buy:: Senior Vice Pres. James R Abbott and Buy:: Vice Chairman and Doyle L Arnold both bought shares of ZION stock this month; the price increased by over 2%. In November, Buy:: Director L E Simmons bought 100,000 shares and the price of the stock has increased by 5.1% since

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