Why insider trading matters?

Numerous studies have examined whether there is evidence that U.S. insiders systematically trade on private information despite the legal deterrence. The consensus appears to be that insider purchases (but not sales) tend to be followed by positive abnormal stock price performance, particularly for small growth stocks.

- Prof. B. Espen Eckbo, Dartmouth College
MARKEL CORP (MKL)
Sector: Financial Services; Industry: Insurance—Property & Casualty

Markel Corporation, a diverse financial holding company, markets and underwrites specialty insurance products in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and internationally. The company's Reinsurance segment offers general liability, professional liability, workers' compensation, medical malpractice, and environmental impairment liability; property treaty products for catastrophe, per risk, and retrocessional exposures; and specialty treaty reinsurance products comprising structured and whole turnover credit, political risk, mortgage and contract, and commercial surety reinsurance programs. This segment also provides healthcare, consulting, and others types of services to businesses and consumers, including management and technology consulting, behavioral healthcare, and retail intelligence. The company's Other segment operates as an insurance and investment fund manager offering a range of investment products, including insurance-linked securities, catastrophe bonds, insurance swaps, and weather derivatives; and program services. Markel Corporation was founded in 1930 and is headquartered in Glen Allen, Virginia.


Trade Date Insider Title Buy/Sell #Shares Price Value Option
2014-06-09 MARKEL ANTHONY F Vice Chairman Sell 45 $646.50 $29,092 No
2014-05-27 Whitt Richard R III President & Co-COO Sell 200 $629.00 $125,800 No
2014-04-04 EBY DOUGLAS C Director Sell 33 $603.20 $19,906 No
2014-03-10 Crowley F. Michael President & Co-COO Sell 982 $581.51 $571,043 No
2014-03-04 EBY DOUGLAS C Director Sell 42 $577.00 $24,234 No
2014-02-19 MARKEL ANTHONY F Vice Chairman Sell 51 $572.58 $29,202 No
2014-02-14 Crouch Nora N Controller and CAO Buy 185 $568.69 $105,000 No
2014-02-12 EBY DOUGLAS C Director Sell 20 $553.46 $11,069 No
2014-01-31 EBY DOUGLAS C Director Sell 65 $540.15 $35,110 No
2013-12-24 EBY DOUGLAS C Director Sell 87 $575.25 $50,047 No
2013-12-11 MARKEL ANTHONY F Vice Chairman Sell 53 $558.01 $29,575 No
2013-12-04 EBY DOUGLAS C Director Sell 34 $558.15 $18,977 No
2013-12-03 Whitt Richard R III President & Co-COO Sell 200 $558.00 $111,600 No
2013-11-26 MARKEL STEVEN A Vice Chairman Sell 2,000 $555.13 $1,110,260 No
2013-11-21 MARKEL STEVEN A Vice Chairman Sell 5,000 $545.24 $2,726,200 No
2013-11-20 KIRSHNER ALAN I Chairman and CEO Sell 2,000 $539.32 $1,078,639 No
2013-10-16 EBY DOUGLAS C Director Sell 96 $519.26 $49,849 No
2013-05-17 MARTIN DARRELL D Director Buy 150 $538.30 $80,745 No
2013-09-03 MARKEL ANTHONY F Vice Chairman Sell 57 $516.70 $29,452 No
2013-08-21 Crowley F. Michael President & Co-COO Sell 300 $517.28 $155,184 No
2013-08-14 MARTIN DARRELL D Director Sell 979 $528.55 $517,450 No
2013-08-15 MARKEL ANTHONY F Vice Chairman Sell 720 $522.20 $375,984 No
2013-05-03 MARKEL ANTHONY F Vice Chairman Sell 56 $532.01 $29,792 No
2013-03-19 MARKEL ANTHONY F Vice Chairman Sell 189 $465.39 $87,959 No
2013-01-07 MARKEL ANTHONY F Vice Chairman Sell 2,840 $438.14 $1,244,316 No
2012-12-31 WILSON DEBORA J Director Buy 1,000 $428.99 $428,990 No
2012-12-31 EBY DOUGLAS C Director Buy 155 $427.98 $66,337 No
2012-12-31 Waleski Anne G Vice President and CFO Buy 200 $432.20 $86,441 No
2012-12-31 GAYNER THOMAS SINNICKSON Pres. & Chief Investment Off. Buy 100 $430.34 $43,034 No
2012-05-17 MARKEL ANTHONY F Vice Chairman Sell 66 $440.16 $29,050 No

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