Insiders purchased shares of the following companies on Monday, December 17, 2012
Ascent Media Corp. (NASDAQ:ASCMA): Malone John C (10% Owner) purchased 8,731 shares at a price of $64.14.
Ascent Capital Group, Inc. through Monitronics International, Inc. provides security alarm monitoring and related services to residential and business subscribers throughout the United States and parts of Canada.
Avanir Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:AVNR): Palekar Rohan (SVP & Chief Commercial Officer) purchased 10,000 shares at a price of $2.46.
Avanir Pharmaceuticals is a pharmaceutical company focused on acquiring, developing and commercializing novel therapeutic products for the treatment of central nervous system disorders.
Biocryst Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:BCRX): Jensen Peder (Director) purchased 20,000 shares at a price of $1.51.
BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc., is a biotechnology company that designs, optimizes and develops novel drugs that block key enzymes involved in cancer, viral infections and autoimmune diseases.
Bruker Corp. (NASDAQ:BRKR): Laukien Frank H (CEO/President) purchased 50,000 shares at a price of $14.68.
Bruker Corporation engaged in designing, manufacturing, marketing and servicing proprietary life science and materials research systems based on its core technology platforms.
Capital Bank Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:CBF): Hodges William A (Director) purchased 420 shares at a price of $16.75.
Capital Bank Financial Corp. operates as a bank holding company. It offers a wide range of commercial and consumer loans and deposits, as well as ancillary financial services.
Cbl & Associates Properties (NYSE:CBL): Landress Ben S (Exec VP - Management) purchased 1,800 shares at a price of $25.09.
CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. is a real estate investment trust, which owns, develops, acquires, leases, manages and operates regional shopping malls, open-air centers, community centers and office properties.
Engility Holdings Inc. Common (NYSE:EGL): Abrams Capital Management, Llc purchased 140,000 shares at a price of $19.00.
Engility Holdings Inc is a provider of systems engineering services, training, program management, and operational support for the U.S. Government worldwide.
Endurance Specialty Holdings Ltd (NYSE:ENH): Baily John Thomas (Director) purchased 23 shares at a price of $26.24.
Endurance Specialty Holdings, Ltd. is a holding company, through its subsidiary provides property and casualty insurance and reinsurance on a worldwide basis.
Kratos Defense & Security Solutions (NASDAQ:KTOS): Demarco Eric M (President & CEO) purchased 11,896 shares at a price of $4.62.
Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. is a specialized national security technology business providing mission critical products, services and solutions for U.S. national security priorities.
Merrimack Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:MACK): Crocker Gary L purchased 36,500 shares at a price of $6.77.
Merrimack Pharmaceuticals Inc is a biopharmaceutical company discovering, developing and preparing to commercialize innovative medicines paired with companion diagnostics for the treatment of serious diseases, with an initial focus on cancer.
Opko Health Inc (NYSE:OPK): Frost Gamma Investments Trust (10% Owner) purchased 40,000 shares at a price of $4.58.
Opko Health, Inc. is engaged in the development and commercialization of pharmaceutical products, vaccines, diagnostic technologies, and imaging systems.
Retail Properties Of America (NYSE:RPAI): Masick Kenneth (Director) purchased 4,700 shares at a price of $11.92.
Inland Western Retail Real Estate Trust, Inc is a self-managed REIT focused on the acquisition, development and management of strategically located retail assets.
Thor Industries (NYSE:THO): Siegel Alan (Director) purchased 2,000 shares at a price of $36.58.
Thor Industries, Inc. manufactures and sells a range of recreation vehicles and small and mid-size buses in the United States and Canada. It has three reportable segments: towable recreation vehicles, motorized recreation vehicles and buses.
Valueclick (NASDAQ:VCLK): Buzby David S purchased 4,500 shares at a price of $19.32.
ValueClick, Inc. offers a suite of products and services that enable marketers to engage with their current and potential customers online and through mobile devices to increase brand awareness and generate leads and sales.
Zaza Energy Corporation (NASDAQ:ZAZA): Brooks Todd Alan (President and CEO) purchased 10,000 shares at a price of $2.41.
ZaZa Energy Corp is a privately-held independent exploration and production company focused on the exploration and development of unconventional onshore oil and gas resources in the United States of America.
Zweig Fund (NYSE:ZF): Dickerson David (Portfolio Manager & SVP) purchased 2,000 shares at a price of $12.01.
The Fund will seek attractive long-term returns by investing primarily in equity securities of large US companies and, to a lesser extent, the US Government securities. Its portfolio includes investments in US common stocks, foreign common stocks, exchange
Zweig Total Return Fund (NYSE:ZTR): Dickerson David (Portfolio Manager & SVP) purchased 2,000 shares at a price of $12.43.
The fund seeks high total return by investing primarily in high quality bonds and to a lesser degree stocks. The fund will normally invest between 50% and 65% of its total assets in the highest quality fixed-income securities, and between 25% and 35% in eq