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Weekly CEO Sells Highlight: Broadwind Energy Inc., Tiffany & Co., Polo Ralph Lauren Corp., Commerce Bancshares Inc., Conceptus Inc.

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

Broadwind Energy Inc. (BWEN): CEO, 10% Owner John Cameron Drecoll sold 1,125,000 Shares

CEO, 10% Owner of Broadwind Energy Inc. (BWEN) John Cameron Drecoll sold 1,125,000 shares on 01/21/2010 at an average price of $5.46. Broadwind Energy, Inc. manufactures, installs and maintains components for the energy industry, with a primary emphasis on the wind energy sector. The Company's operational platforms include wind tower manufacturing; heavy steel fabrication; wind facility construction support; wind turbine installation and maintenance; precision gear manufacturing; and transportation services. Broadwind Energy Inc. has a market cap of $527.7 million; its shares were traded at around $5.46 .

On January 6th, 2010, Broadwind Energy, Inc. announced that it has commenced an underwritten public offering of 15,000,000 shares of common stock, par value $0.001 per share. In this offering, Broardwind will sell 10,000,000 newly issued shares and Tontine Capital Partners, L.P., and certain of its affiliated funds, will sell a combined total of 5,000,000 shares.

BWEN is in the portfolios of George Soros of Soros Fund Management LLC.

CEO, 10% Owner John Cameron Drecoll sold 1,271,400 shares of BWEN stock in October and January. 10% Owner Jeffrey L Gendell sold 6,125,000 shares of BWEN stock on 01/21/2010 at the average price of 5.46, the price of the stock has decreased by 0% since.

Tiffany & Co. (TIF): CHAIRMAN AND CEO Michael Joseph Kowalski sold 150,000 Shares

CHAIRMAN AND CEO of Tiffany & Co. (TIF) Michael Joseph Kowalski sold 150,000 shares on 01/14/2010 at an average price of $45.67. Tiffany & Co. operates jewelry and retail stores and manufactures products through its subsidiary corporations. Tiffany & Co. has a market cap of $5.08 billion; its shares were traded at around $40.79 with a P/E ratio of 22.8 and P/S ratio of 1.8. The dividend yield of Tiffany & Co. stocks is 1.5%. Tiffany & Co. had an annual average earning growth of 10.9% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Tiffany & Co. the business predictability rank of 4-star.

The Board of Directors of Tiffany & Co. approved on January 21, 2010 that a change in the Company's dividend policy whereby the regular quarterly dividend rate will be increased, effective with the next payment in April, to 20 cents per share on its Common Stock from the current 17 cents per share, an increase of 18%.

TIF is in the portfolios of John Rogers of ARIEL CAPITAL MANAGEMENT LLC, Brian Rogers of T Rowe Price Equity Income Fund, Brian Rogers of T Rowe Price Equity Income Fund, Ron Baron of Baron Funds, Kenneth Fisher of Fisher Asset Management, LLC, John Hussman of Hussman Economtrics Advisors, Inc., Chuck Royce of ROYCE & ASSOCIATES, Bruce Kovner of Caxton Associates, George Soros of Soros Fund Management LLC.

CHAIRMAN AND CEO Michael Joseph Kowalski sold 150,000 shares of TIF stock on 01/14/2010 at the average price of 45.67, the price of the stock has decreased by 10.69% since. EXEC. VICE PRESIDENT AND CFO James N Fernandez sold 340,000 shares of TIF stock in January of 2010. VP-CONTRLR principal Henry Iglesias, EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT Jon M King , and SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT John S Petterson sold 51,000 shares of TIF stock in January. Director Peter W May sold 296,600 shares of TIF stock in January.

Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. (RL): Chairman & CEO, 10% Owner Ralph Lauren sold 120,833 Shares

Chairman & CEO, 10% Owner of Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. (RL) Ralph Lauren sold 120,833 shares on 01/15/2010 at an average price of $83.67. Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. is in the design, marketing and distribution of premium lifestyle products. The company's brand names, which include Polo, Polo by Ralph Lauren, Ralph Lauren Purple Label, Polo Sport, Ralph Lauren, RALPH, Lauren, Polo Jeans Co., RL, Chaps and Club Monaco. Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. has a market cap of $8.18 billion; its shares were traded at around $82.04 with a P/E ratio of 18.5 and P/S ratio of 1.7. The dividend yield of Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. stocks is 0.5%. Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. had an annual average earning growth of 12.4% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. the business predictability rank of 4-star.

On Jan 15, 2010, Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation announced that they will release its Third Quarter Fiscal Year 2010 results for the period ended December 26, 2009 at approximately 8:00 A.M. Eastern, Wednesday, February 3, 2010. At 9:00 A.M. Eastern, on the same day, the Company will host a conference call for analysts, investors and other interested parties.

RL is in the portfolios of Ron Baron of Baron Funds, Chuck Royce of ROYCE & ASSOCIATES, John Hussman of Hussman Economtrics Advisors, Inc., Kenneth Fisher of Fisher Asset Management, LLC, Bruce Kovner of Caxton Associates, Jeremy Grantham of GMO LLC.

Chairman & CEO, 10% Owner Ralph Lauren sold 632,833 shares of RL stock on October, November, December, and January. Senior Vice President & CFO Tracey Thomas Travis sold 35,000 shares of RL stock on 12/11/2009 at the average price of 80.89, the price of the stock has increased by 1.42% since. Director Hubert Joly bought 2,000 shares of RL stock on 11/05/2009 at the average price of 76.38, the price of the stock has increased by 7.41% since. President & COO Roger N Farah and Director Joyce F Brown sold 103,745 shares of RL stock in August and December.

Commerce Bancshares Inc. (CBSH): Chairman of the Board, CEO David W Kemper sold 100,000 Shares

Chairman of the Board, CEO of Commerce Bancshares Inc. (CBSH) David W Kemper sold 100,000 shares on 01/19/2010 at an average price of $40.76. Commerce Bancshares, Inc. is a registered bank holding company offering a full line of banking services, including retail and commercial banking, investment management and securities brokerage. The company operates locations in Missouri, Illinois, and Kansas. Commerce Bancshares Inc. has a market cap of $3.37 billion; its shares were traded at around $40.61 with a P/E ratio of 19.1 and P/S ratio of 2.7. The dividend yield of Commerce Bancshares Inc. stocks is 2.4%. Commerce Bancshares Inc. had an annual average earning growth of 8.4% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Commerce Bancshares Inc. the business predictability rank of 3.5-star.

Commerce Bancshares, Inc. announced on January 14, 2010 that earnings of $.60 per share for the quarter ended December 31, 2009 compared to $.55 per share in the fourth quarter of 2008 and $.63 per share in the previous quarter of 2009. Net income for the fourth quarter amounted to $49.6 million compared to $43.8 million in the same quarter last year and $51.6 million in the previous quarter. For the quarter, the return on average assets totaled 1.09%, the return on average equity was 10.5% and the efficiency ratio was 57.4%.

CBSH is in the portfolios of Jeremy Grantham of GMO LLC.

Chairman of the Board, CEO David W Kemper sold 1,042,090 shares of CBSH stock in January, October, September, and August.Senior Vice President Michael J Petrie, Senior Vice President Sara E Foster, and Vice Chairman Jonathan M Kemper together sold 212,347 shares of CBSH stock in January and November. Executive Vice President A Bayard Clark III sold 22,799 shares of CBSH stock in November. at the average price of 39.91, the price of the stock has increased by 1.75% since.

Conceptus Inc. (CPTS): President/CEO Mark M Sieczkarek sold 98,311 Shares

President/CEO of Conceptus Inc. (CPTS) Mark M Sieczkarek sold 98,311 shares on 01/20/2010 at an average price of $20. Conceptus, Inc. designs and develops minimally invasive devices for reproductive medical applications. Conceptus' focus is to develop its STOP non-surgical permanent contraception device for women. Conceptus Inc. has a market cap of $596.8 million; its shares were traded at around $19.42 with a P/E ratio of 77.6 and P/S ratio of 5.9.

Olympian Picabo Street and her husband John Reeser announced today that their youngest son, Dax Meyer Street Reeser, born in August of 2009, will be their last child. After evaluating all their birth control options, including a vasectomy, the couple decided that the Essure procedure was the best solution for them. By choosing the Essure procedure, Street avoided the added risk and recovery time associated with a surgical tubal ligation.

CPTS is in the portfolios of PRIMECAP Management.

President/CEO Mark M Sieczkarek sold 200,000 shares of CPTS stock in January, October, and September. VP of Sales Ulric E Cote Iii sold 21,397 shares of CPTS stock in October, September, and August.

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