Weekly Top Insider Buys: Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Ecolab Inc., Delta Air Lines Inc. ...

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According to GuruFocus Insider Data , these are the largest insider buys during the past week: Kimberly-Clark Corporation ( KMB ), Ecolab Inc. ( ECL ), Delta Air Lines Inc. ( DAL ), Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. ( GMCR ), and NiSource Inc. ( NI ).

The overall trend of insiders is illustrated in the chart below:

Kimberly-Clark Corporation ( KMB ): Director Robert W Decherd Bought 2,000 Shares


Director of Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Robert W Decherd, bought 2,000 shares on 8/23/2013 at an average price of $93.48. Kimberly-Clark Corporation was incorporated in Delaware in 1928. Kimberly-clark Corporation has a market cap of $35.81 billion; its shares were traded at around $93.48 with a P/E ratio of 19.92 and P/S ratio of 1.73. The dividend yield of Kimberly-clark Corporation stocks is 3.32%. Kimberly-clark Corporation had an annual average earnings growth of 4.7% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Kimberly-clark Corporation the business predictability rank of 4.5-star .

On July 22, Kimberly-Clark Corporation reported second quarter 2013 results. Second quarter 2013 net sales of $5.3 billion were even with the year-ago period. Organic sales rose 3 percent, including a 9 percent increase in K-C International. Diluted net income per share for the second quarter of 2013 was $1.36 versus $1.26 in 2012.

Last week, Director Robert W Decherd bought 2,000 shares of KMB stock. SVP - General Counsel Thomas J. Mielke sold 17,989 shares in July. SVP & Chief HR Officer Lizanne C Gottung, Group President Robert E Abernathy, Group President, K-C Int'l. Christian A. Brickman, and Senior VP & CFO Mark A Buthman sold shares in May.

Ecolab Inc. ( ECL ): Director Stephen I Chazen Bought 2,000 Shares


Director of Ecolab Inc., Stephen I Chazen, bought 2,000 shares on 8/27/2013 at an average price of $91.35. Ecolab Inc. was incorporated in the State of Delaware in 1924. Ecolab Inc. has a market cap of $27.53 billion; its shares were traded at around $91.35 with a P/E ratio of 32.79 and P/S ratio of 2.25. The dividend yield of Ecolab, Inc. stocks is 0.97%. Ecolab, Inc. had an annual average earnings growth of 8.4% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Ecolab, Inc. the business predictability rank of 5-star.

On July 30, Ecolab Inc. reported results for the second quarter of 2013. Ecolab's reported sales rose 13% to a record $3.3 billion in the second quarter of 2013. Fixed currency sales rose 14%. Second quarter 2013 acquisition adjusted fixed currency sales rose 6%. Second quarter 2013 reported operating income increased 8% to $352 million. Second quarter 2013 reported net income attributable to Ecolab increased 16% to $213 million, representing $0.69 per diluted share, and included special gains and charges and discrete tax net benefits.

Last week, Director Stephen I Chazen bought 2,000 shares of ECL stock. Director Jerry A Grundhofer bought 5,935 shares in May. Director Jerry W Levin sold 1,000 shares last week. Director Jerry W Levin sold 15,837 shares in May.

Delta Air Lines Inc. ( DAL ): Director George N Mattson Bought 5,000 Shares


Director of Delta Air Lines Inc., George N Mattson, bought 5,000 shares on 8/27/2013 at an average price of $19.73. Delta Air Lines, Inc. was incorporated under the laws of the State of Delaware. Delta Air Lines Inc. has a market cap of $16.93 billion; its shares were traded at around $19.73 with a P/E ratio of 9.68 and P/S ratio of 0.46. The dividend yield of Delta Air Lines Inc. stocks is 0.30%.

On August 2, Delta Air Lines reported financial and operating performance for July 2013. Consolidated passenger unit revenue (PRASM) for the month of July increased 3.0 percent year over year, led by improvement in Delta's hubs in Atlanta and New York and solid performance in trans-Atlantic markets. System PRASM pressure from yen devaluation continues and drove 1 point of negative impact for the month. Delta completed 99.5 percent of its flights in July and ran an on-time arrival rate of 74.5 percent.

Last month, Director George N Mattson, Director Roy J Bostock, and Director George N Mattson bought shares of DAL stock. Director Paula Rosput Reynolds and Director John Christopher Beasley, bought shares in July.

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. ( GMCR ): Director Susan S Kilsby Bought 3,000 Shares

Director of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. ( GMCR ) Susan S Kilsby bought 3,000 shares on 08/27/2013 at an average price of $86.31. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. is a Delaware Corporation formed in July 1993. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. has a market cap of $13.01 billion; its shares were traded at around $86.31 with a P/E ratio of 29.67 and P/S ratio of 3.22. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. had an annual average earnings growth of 45.9% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. the business predictability rank of 3-star.

On August 7, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. announced its third quarter fiscal year 2013 results for the 13 weeks ended June 29, 2013. Revenue increased 11% over the prior year period with U.S. revenue up 14%. GAAP EPS of $0.76 and non-GAAP EPS of $0.82 represent growth of 65% and 58%, respectively, over the prior year period. Gross margin increased 720 basis points to 42.1% from 34.9% in the prior year period. Free cash flow was $126 million in the quarter, $582 million for the first nine months of fiscal year 2013.

Last month, Director Susan S Kilsby and Director A D David Mackay bought shares of GMCR stock. Director Hinda Miller and Director David E Moran sold shares last month. CFO Frances G Rathke sold 20,000 shares in March.

NiSource Inc. ( NI ): EVP & Chief Legal Officer Carrie J Hightman Bought 12,299 Shares

EVP & Chief Legal Officer of NiSource Inc., Carrie J Hightman, bought 12,299 shares on 08/23/2013 at an average price of $29.25. NiSource Inc., is a Delaware corporation. It is the successor to an Indiana corporation organized in 1987 under the name of NIPSCO Industries, Inc. Nisource Inc. has a market cap of $9.15 billion; its shares were traded at around $29.25 with a P/E ratio of 20.70 and P/S ratio of 1.69. The dividend yield of Nisource Inc. stocks is 3.32%.

On July 31, NiSource Inc. announced net operating earnings from continuing operations (non-GAAP) of $72.8 million, or $0.23 per share, for the three months ended June 30, 2013, compared with $64.4 million, or $0.22 per share for the second quarter of 2012. Operating earnings for the second quarter (non-GAAP) were $194.7 million compared to $198.5 million in 2012.

Last week, EVP & Chief Legal Officer Carrie J Hightman bought 12,299 shares of NI stock. VP, Controller & CAO Jon D Veurink and President & CEO Robert C Jr Skaggs sold shares in August. Director Marty R Kittrell sold 3,408 shares in May.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: DAL , ECL , GMCR , KMB , NI

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