Weekly CEO Buys Highlight: GDOT, VOCS, PES, IRWD, ABR

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According to GuruFocus Insider Data , these are the largest CEO buys during the past week. The overall trend of CEOs is illustrated in the chart below:




Green Dot Corp. ( GDOT ): Chairman, President, CEO and 10% Owner Steven W. Streit Bought 178,000 Shares


Chairman, President, CEO and 10% Owner of Green Dot Corp. ( GDOT ) Steven W. Streit bought 178,000 shares during the past week at an average price of $11.25. Green Dot Corp. is a prepaid financial services company providing money management solutions to a broad base of U.S. consumers. Green Dot Corp. has a market cap of $403.7 million; its shares were traded at around $11.25 with a P/E ratio of 9.15 and a P/S ratio of 0.86.

George Soros bought 800,000 shares in the quarter that ended on 6/30/2012, which is 0.26% of the $6.92 billion portfolio of Soros Fund Management LLC. Joel Greenblatt bought 92,880 shares in the quarter that ended on 6/30/2012, which is 0.15% of the $1.36 billion portfolio of Gotham Capital. Ron Baron owns 1,960,119 shares as of 6/30/2012, an increase of 27.75% from the previous quarter. This position accounts for 0.27% of the $15.83 billion portfolio of Baron Funds.

GDOT recently reported its third quarter 2012 financial results. For the third quarter of 2012, Green Dot reported a 14% year-over-year increase in non-GAAP total operating revenues to $135.6 million and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.29. GAAP results for the third quarter were $134.3 million in revenues and $0.24 in diluted earnings per share.

Director Ross E. Kendell bought 1,500 shares of GDOT stock on 11/06/2012 at the average price of 10.95. Ross E. Kendell owns at least 2,885 shares after this. The price of the stock has increased by 2.74% since.

Vocus, Inc. ( VOCS ): Chairman, CEO and President Richard E. Rudman Bought 70,000 Shares

Chairman, CEO and President of Vocus, Inc. ( VOCS ) Richard E Rudman bought 70,000 shares on 11/08/2012 at an average price of $14.73. Vocus Inc. is a provider of on-demand software for public relations management. Vocus Inc. has a market cap of $304.91 million; its shares were traded at around $14.73 with a P/S ratio of 2.65.

VOCS recently reported its third quarter 2012 financial results. GAAP revenue for the third quarter of 2012 was $45.2 million, a 57% increase over the comparable period in 2011.

Director Kevin J. Burns bought 10,000 shares of VOCS stock on 5/30/2012 at the average price of $15.27. Kevin J. Burns owns at least 45,602 shares after this. The price of the stock has decreased by 3.54% since. Other insiders have decreased their positions in the company.

Pioneer Energy Services Corp ( PES ): President & CEO Stacy Locke Bought 100,000 Shares

President & CEO of Pioneer Energy Services Corp ( PES ) Stacy Locke bought 100,000 shares on 11/06/2012 at an average price of $0. Pioneer Energy Services Corp. provides land contract drilling services and production services to independent and major oil and gas exploration and production companies. with a P/E ratio of 11.73 and P/S ratio of 0.56. Pioneer Energy Services Corp had an annual average earnings growth of 43.1% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Pioneer Energy Services Corp the business predictability rank of 3-star.

Pioneer Energy Services recently reported its third quarter 2012 financial results. Revenues for the third quarter of 2012 were $229.8 million, flat with revenue in the second quarter of 2012, but a 22% increase over $187.7 million for the third quarter of 2011.

John Burbank bought 16,605 shares in the quarter that ended on 6/30/2012, which is 0.0045% of the $2.95 billion portfolio of Passport Capital. Third Avenue Management owns 3,015,573 shares as of 6/30/2012, which accounts for 0.57% of the $4.21 billion portfolio of Third Avenue Management.

Director Dean A. Burkhardt bought 5,000 shares of PES stock on 6/14/2012 at the average price of $7. Dean A. Burkhardt owns at least 80,703 shares after this.

Ironwood Pharmaceuticals Inc. ( IRWD ): CEO Peter M. Hecht Bought 50,000 Shares

CEO of Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ( IRWD ) Peter M. Hecht bought 50,000 shares on 11/05/2012 at an average price of $11.97. Ironwood Pharmaceuticals is an entrepreneurial pharmaceutical company that discovers, develops, and intends to commercialize innovative human medicines. Ironwood Pharmaceuticals Inc. has a market cap of $1.29 billion; its shares were traded at around $11.97 with a P/S ratio of 19.57.

Edward Owens owns 2,000,000 shares as of 9/30/2012, which accounts for 0.12% of the $22.09 billion portfolio of Vanguard Health Care Fund. Lee Ainslie owns 2,101,695 shares as of 6/30/2012, which accounts for 0.42% of the $6.85 billion portfolio of Maverick Capital.

FMR LLC sold 212,875 shares of IRWD stock on 10/15/2012 at the average price of 13.25. FMR LLC owns at least 1,235,904 shares after this. The price of the stock has decreased by 9.66% since.

Arbor Realty Trust Inc. ( ABR ): Chief of Business, CEO, President and 10% Owner Ivan Kaufman Bought 75,000 Shares

Chief of business, CEO, President and 10% Owner of Arbor Realty Trust, Inc. ( ABR ) Ivan Kaufman bought 75,000 shares on 11/08/2012 at an average price of $0.6. Arbor Realty Trust is a specialized real estate finance company investing in real estate-related bridge and mezzanine loans, preferred equity, mortgage-related securities and other real estate-related assets. Arbor Realty Trust, Inc. has a market cap of $149.29 million; its shares were traded at around $5.38 with and P/S ratio of 1.52. The dividend yield of Arbor Realty Trust, Inc. stocks is 7.43%.

Arbor Realty Trust recently reported its third quarter 2012 financial results. The company reported net income for the quarter of $2.1 million, or $0.07 per diluted common share, compared to net loss for the quarter ended Sept. 30, 2011 of $2.4 million, or $0.10 per diluted common share.

Director William C. Green bought 5,000 shares of ABR stock on 6/19/2012 at the average price of $5.09. William C. Green owns at least 20,000 shares after this. The price of the stock has increased by 5.7% since.About GuruFocus: GuruFocus.com tracks the stocks picks and portfolio holdings of the world's best investors. This value investing site offers stock screeners and valuation tools. And publishes daily articles tracking the latest moves of the world's best investors. GuruFocus also provides promising stock ideas in 3 monthly newsletters sent to Premium Members .



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Referenced Stocks: ABR , GDOT , IRWD , PES , VOCS

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