Insiders Bought These Stocks on Dec-18

Insiders purchased shares of the following companies on Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Arbor Realty Trust (NYSE:ABR): Green William C (Director) purchased 14,800 shares at a price of $5.73.

Arbor Realty Trust, Inc. is a real estate finance company that invests in a diversified portfolio of structured finance assets in the multi-family and commercial real estate markets.

Carmike Cinemas (NASDAQ:CKEC): Passman S David Iii (President and CEO) purchased 396 shares at a price of $13.63.

Carmike Cinemas, Inc. is a motion picture exhibitor in the United States. It owns, operates over 200 theatres with 2,277 screens located in 35 states. It operates motion picture theatres generating revenues through admissions and concessions sales.

Empeiria Acquisition (OTC:EPAQ): Empeiria Investors Llc (10% Owner) purchased 25,000 shares at a price of $100.00.

Energy Transfer Partners (NYSE:ETP): Warren Kelcy L (CEO) purchased 90 shares at a price of $42.88.

Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. is a publicly traded partnership owning and operating a portfolio of energy assets.

Fluidigm Corp. (NASDAQ:FLDM): Jones Evan/ Fa (Director) purchased 10,000 shares at a price of $14.36.

Fluidigm Corporation is engaged in developing and distributing life science systems based on proprietary integrated fluidic circuits.

Ligand Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:LGND): Bvf Investments Llc (Other) purchased 5,386 shares at a price of $18.63.

Ligand Pharmaceuticals, Inc. focuses on drug discovery & early-stage development of pharmaceuticals that address critical unmet medical needs or that are more effective or safer than existing therapies, more convenient to administer & are cost effective.

Lhc Group (NASDAQ:LHCG): Shackelton Christopher S (Director) purchased 44,100 shares at a price of $20.49.

LHC Group, Inc. provides post-acute health care services to patients through its home nursing agencies, hospices, and long-term acute care hospitals in the United States.

Caplease Funding Inc (NYSE:LSE): Long Catherine (Director) purchased 22,750 shares at a price of $5.40.

Caplease, Inc. is a diversified real estate investment trust that invests in single tenant commercial real estate assets subject to long-term leases to high credit quality tenants.

Methode Electronics (NYSE:MEI): Glandon Timothy (VP&GM NA Automotive) purchased 6,826 shares at a price of $8.98.

Methode Electronics, Inc. designs, manufactures and markets devices employing electrical, radio remote control, electronic, wireless, sensing and optical technologies.

Nexpoint Credit Strategies Fund (NYSE:NHF): Dondero James D (Other) purchased 171,433 shares at a price of $6.46.

The Trust seeks to provide both current income and capital appreciation by investing primarily in the following categories of securities and instruments: (i) secured and unsecured floating and fixed rate loans; (ii) bonds and other debt obligations; (iii)

Nustar Gp Holdings Llc (NYSE:NSH): Greehey William E (Director) purchased 43,050 shares at a price of $28.59.

NuStar GP Holdings, LLC owns general partner and limited partner interests in NuStar Energy L.P., which engages in terminalling & storage of petroleum products, the transportation of petroleum products and anhydrous ammonia & asphalt and fuels marketing.

Resolute Forest Products Inc (NYSE:RFP): 810679 Ontario Ltd (10% Owner) purchased 919,521 shares at a price of $12.17.

Resolute Forest Products Inc provides a diverse range of products, including newsprint, commercial printing papers, market pulp and wood products.

Southside Bancshares (NASDAQ:SBSI): Garrett John Robert purchased 68 shares at a price of $20.91.

Southside Bancshares, Inc. is a community-focused financial institution that offers a range of financial services to individuals, businesses, municipal entities, and non-profit organizations in the communities it serves.

Thl Credit (NASDAQ:TCRD): Sommers John A. (Director) purchased 750 shares at a price of $14.06.

THL Credit Inc provides junior capital to private and public middle market companies that operate in a variety of industries. It invests primarily in privately negotiated subordinated debt securities.

Team (NYSE:TISI): Hawk Philip J (CEO) purchased 155,160 shares at a price of $37.99.

Team, Inc. is a provider of specialty industrial services, including inspection and assessment, required in maintaining high temperature and high pressure piping systems and vessels that are utilized extensively in the refining, petrochemical, power, etc.

Toro Company (NYSE:TTC): Brown William E Jr (Group VP, Intl. & Comm.) purchased 235 shares at a price of $42.92.

Toro Company is engaged in designs, manufactures, and markets professional turf maintenance equipment and services, turf and agricultural micro-irrigation systems, landscaping equipment, and residential yard and snow removal products.

Vmware (NYSE:VMW): Emc Corp (10% Owner) purchased 34,325 shares at a price of $93.61.

VMWare, Inc. is a provider of virtual infrastructure software solutions from the desktop to the data center. It works with more than 1,300 technology partners, including leading server, microprocessor, storage, networking and software vendors.

Vectren Corp. (NYSE:VVC): Jones Robert G (Director) purchased 95 shares at a price of $30.06.

Vectren Corporation is an energy holding company, which through its subsidiaries provide gas and/or electricity to customers in adjoining service territories that cover nearly two-thirds of Indiana and west central Ohio.

W.R. Berkley Corp. (NYSE:WRB): Patafio Clement P (VP – Corporate Controller) purchased 63,570 shares at a price of $39.33.

W.R. Berkley Corporation is an insurance holding company in the United States which operates in five business segments: specialty insurance, regional property casualty insurance, alternative markets, reinsurance and international.

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