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Weekly Top Insider Buys: Johnson Controls Inc., Caterpillar Inc., StanCorp Financial Group Inc., Interactive Brokers Group, Energy Transfer Partners L.P.

February 08, 2009 | About:

According to GuruFocus Data, There is the weekly highlight of top insider buys: Johnson Controls Inc. (NYSE:JCI), Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT), StanCorp Financial Group Inc. (NYSE:SFG), Interactive Brokers Group (NASDAQ:IBKR), Energy Transfer L.P. (NYSE:ETP)

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Johnson Controls Inc. (NYSE:JCI): Vice President Beda Bolzenius Bought 96,000 Shares

Vice President of Johnson Controls Inc., Beda Bolzenius, bought 96,000 shares during the past week at the average price of $14.18.

Johnson Controls Inc. is a global market leader in automotive systems and facility management and control. In the automotive market, it is a major supplier of seating, interior systems and batteries. For non-residential facilities, Johnson Controls provides building control systems, services energy management, and integrated facility management. Johnson Controls Inc. has a market cap of $7.43 billion; its shares were traded at around $14.18 with a P/E ratio of 6.95 and P/S ratio of 0.2. The dividend yield of Johnson Controls Inc. stocks is 4.16%. Johnson Controls Inc. had an annual average earning growth of 7.9% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Johnson Controls Inc. the business predictability rank of 5-star.

Johnson Controls Inc. recently reported a loss of $608 million in net income for the quarter that ended on December 31, 2008. Last year, the company earned $235 million in net income for the same period. The company stated that a decline in the building and automotive industries contributed to the loss.

Johnson Controls Inc. is owned by two Gurus. Kenneth Fisher owns 81,250 shares as of 09/30/2008, which accounts for 0.01% of the $31.63 billion portfolio of Fisher Asset Management, LLC. Chris Davis owns 396,723 shares, and they make up 0.02% of the $74.87 billion portfolio of Davis Selected Advisers.

Insiders' Positions with JCI

Vice President Beda Bolzenius bought 96,000 shares of JCI stock over the past week; the price of the stock has increased by 13.44% since. Vice President Charles A Harvey bought 1,300 shares of JCI stock in October, and the price of the stock has decreased by more than 10% since. Executive Vice President Susan F Davis and Vice President Alex A Molinaroli both sold shares of JCI stock in December and October respectively.

Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT): Director Peter A Magowan Bought 15,000 Shares

Director of Caterpillar Inc., Peter A Magowan, bought 15,000 shares during the past week at an average price of $33.28.

Caterpillar Inc is the world's largest manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, and industrial gas turbines. The company is one of only a handful of U.S. companies that leads its industry while competing globally from a principally domestic manufacturing base. Caterpillar Inc. records more than half of its sales to overseas customers. Its products are used in the construction, road building, mining, forestry, energy transportation, and material-handling industries. Caterpillar Inc. has a market cap of $18.61 billion; its shares were traded at around $33.28 with a P/E ratio of 5.45 and P/S ratio of 0.36. The dividend yield of Caterpillar Inc. stocks is 5.45%. Caterpillar Inc. had an annual average earning growth of 11.2% over the past 10 years.

On January 26, 2009, Caterpillar Inc. reported a fourth quarter net income of $661 million, down from the $971 million net income last year for the same period. The company also announced its plans to cut 20,000 jobs.

As of 9/30/08, Caterpillar Inc. is owned by nine Gurus. They include Tom Gayner, Kenneth Fisher, NWQ Managers, Richard Aster Jr, Ruane Cunniff, Dodge and Cox, Primecap Management, and Ronald Muhlenkamp. Chris Davis sold out his holdings in the same quarter.

Director Daniel M Dickinson bought 3,037 shares of CAT stock last Friday; the price of the stock has increased by 0.85% since. Director Peter A Magowan bought 15,000 shares total January through February; the price of the stock has increased by 7.49% since the latest buy. Director W Frank Blount sold 8,000 shares of CAT stock last Thursday; the price of the stock has increased by 4% since. Chief Accounting Officer Jananne A. Copeland and Group President Douglas R Oberhelman both sold shares of CAT stock in November, and VP, General Counsel, Secy. James B Buda and Chief Accounting Officer Jananne A. Copeland sold shares in September.

StanCorp Financial Group Inc. (NYSE:SFG): VP - Asset Management Scott A. Hibbs Bought 10,700 Shares

VP - Asset Management of StanCorp Financial Group Inc., Scott A. Hibbs, bought 10,700 shares on 01/30/2009 at an average price of $26.42.

Standard Financial Corp. is a leading provider of group life and disability insurance products. The company also provides products to fund retirement plans and other insurance products to employers and groups as well as life insurance, disability insurance, and retirement products to individuals. StanCorp Financial Group Inc. has a market cap of $1.26 billion; its shares were traded at around $26.42 with a P/E ratio of 5.16 and P/S ratio of 0.47. The dividend yield of StanCorp Financial Group Inc. stocks is 2.9%. StanCorp Financial Group Inc. had an annual average earning growth of 8.6% over the past 5 years.

StanCorp Financial Group Inc. on January 27, 2009 reported its fourth-quarter and annual results. The company had $24 million net income for the fourth quarter, compared to the $60.5 million of 2007. The company also had an annual net income of $162.9 million compared to the $227.5 million of 2007.

StanCorp Financial Group Inc. is owned by 3 Gurus. As of 9/30/08, David Dreman owns 514,075 shares, an increase of 13.99% from the previous quarter. This position accounts for 0.25% of the $10.85 billion portfolio of Dreman Value Management. NWQ Managers owns 53,029 shares; these make up 0.01% of the $20.62 billion portfolio of NWQ Investment Management Co. John Keeley owns 10,000 shares as of 09/30/2008, which accounts for 0.01% of the $9.04 billion portfolio of Keeley Fund Management.

VP - Asset Management Scott A. Hibbs bought 10,700 shares of SFG last month at the average price of $27.05; the price of the stock has decreased by 2.33% since. Director Ralph R Peterson bought 4,000 shares in October; the price of the stock has decreased by 12.4% since. Director Ronald E Timpe sold 9,600 shares of SFG stock in September; the price per share has decreased by more than 50% since.

Interactive Brokers Group Inc. (NASDAQ:IBKR): Director Lawrence E Harris Bought 10,000 Shares

Director of Interactive Brokers Group Inc., Lawrence E Harris, bought 10,000 shares during the past week at an average price of $15.82.

INTERACTIVE BROKERS is an automated global electronic market maker and broker specializing in routing orders and executing and processing trades in securities, future, and foreign exchange instruments on more than 70 electronic exchanges and trading venues around the world. As a market maker they provide liquidity at these marketplaces, and as a broker they provide professional traders and investors with direct access to stocks options, futures, forex, and bonds. Interactive Brokers Group Inc. has a market cap of $620.15 million; its shares were traded at around $15.82 with a P/E ratio of 6.82 and P/S ratio of 0.28.

On January 22, 2009, Interactive Brokers Group reported its annual results for 2008. Net revenues were $1,850 million compared to the $1,468 million of 2007. "2008 was a record year, for the first time our profits have exceeded the billion dollar mark," said Thomas Peterffy, CEO. "It is not easy to report record profits in a year that has been generally difficult for our industry.

Director Lawrence E Harris bought 15,000 shares of IBKR stock toal October through February; the price of the stock has increased by 8.43% since the latest buy.

Energy Transfer Partners L.P. (NYSE:ETP): Director Michael K Grimm Bought 5,000 Shares

Director of Energy Transfer Partners L.P., Michael K Grimm, bought 5,000 shares on 01/30/2009 at an average price of $35.24.

Energy Transfer Partners L.P. is a publicly traded partnership owning and operating a diversified portfolio of energy assets. The Partnership's natural gas operations includes miles of natural gas gathering and transportation pipelines, natural gas treating, and processing assets located in Texas and Louisiana. Energy Transfer Partners L.P. has a market cap of $5.31 billion; its shares were traded at around $35.24 with a P/E ratio of 9.47 and P/S ratio of 0.78. The dividend yield of Energy Transfer Partners L.P. stocks is 10.23%.

CEO, Director Kelcy L Warren bought 110 shares of ETP stock on 12/19/2008 at the average price of $35.1; the price of the stock has increased by 0.4% since. Director Michael K Grimm bought 5,000 shares of ETP stock last month; the price of the stock has increased by 0.71% since. Director Paul E Glaske bought 10,200 shares of ETP stock on 11/20/2008; the price of the stock has increased by 19.34% since. A few other directors made purchases of 5,000 shares or less during October and September.

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