Visualizing The Insider Selling Spree: Bob Toll Takes First Prize... As Does Bill Gates

Tyler Durden's picture

It seems like yesterday that Bob Toll was propounding the benefits of stimulus packages for housing and the ever improving status of new home sales (solidly grounded in the same sands as Dubai is now sinking into). Yet while we at Zero Hedge have enjoyed taking repeated stabs at Mr. Toll's seemingly endless selling of his own stock, we have not learned our lesson. Which is why we present his insider transaction in a new and original way, courtesy of Bloomberg. As the image indicates, Mr. Toll's money is roughly 180 degrees from where his mouth is.

Yet Bob is an amateur when compared to such prominent patriots as Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, both of which have repeatedly stated their support for the good ole' US of A. Indicatively, we present the most recent transactions by both Mr. Gates and Mr. Buffett in BRK/B shares. This insider trading pattern is comparable for most other holdings of these two truly patriotic gentlemen.

Mr Buffett:

And Mr. Gates:

We encourage readers to request the insider trading activity of their personal favorite corporate executives. We will post the 10 most entertaining ones.

Update: due to several requests, here is all the insider activity in Goldman Sachs shares. As a reminder: red means stop... and in this case, sell.

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Hephasteus's picture

And the great Mary Schapiro went into labor and from the sandy vagina sprang forth cash for clunckers and behold the masses looked upon the offering and said. It is good.

JohnKing's picture

Can you get an overlay of Toll's appearances on Mad Money to put on top of that selling chart? Seems to be his MO, go on with jimmy-boy to pump and then the dump.

Problem Is's picture

A ZH regular pump/dump chart index feature as JK suggests would be highly informative.Good idea with the CNBC appearances. Of course, I would like the charts since I am a person who needs pictures...

Billie Gates sure is going balls out on the stops... With all the profit taking, hopefully Billie can afford something other than a chili bowl for his haircuts...

JohnKing's picture

JIM: Boo-yah, Cramer speaking

CEO: Jimmy I need to dump some shares

JIM: When can you come on the show?

CEO: The sooner the better

JIM: See ya tomorrow! boo-yah!

Problem Is's picture

Next Day:

Zero Hedge CNBC Cramer-- CEO Dump Chart of the Week

Chart provided without comment for your pleasure...

Careless Whisper's picture

Mr. Toll just wants to "diversify" his holdings and also do a little "estate planning". Otherwise, he would be backing up the truck for Toll stock.

Anonymous's picture

considering most of his trucks are idle at this moment, i am sure he can find one to load up...:)

Overpowered By Funk's picture

TD, RE: the recent rhetoric and subsequent actions by those individuals mentioned in your post.

Where I'm from we call that, "talking out of your ass".

Racer's picture

The Gates' selling looks like a big red army trying to stamp a hill flat

Anonymous's picture

Goldbugs tryin to keep their fires put out. Rome is burning.

Argonaught's picture

I'd like to know how much Mike Jackson unloaded during and post Cash-for-clunkers.  His begging (on TV) for tax dollars is difficult to stomach...

Anonymous's picture

No one ever sold a stock because he thought it was going up.

Anonymous's picture

"...I never buy at the bottom, and I always sell too soon..."

Hansel's picture

REQ:  Marc Benioff of (CRM).  Looking at yahoo, he was quiet for a couple months this fall, but before that he sold stock almost every day for years.

Anonymous's picture

Fantastic one - last I checked that guy was unloading something like the better half of a million dollars worth EACH WEEK.

Anonymous's picture

I wonder what these insider's are doing with proceeds?

Gordon_Gekko's picture

Buying Gold perhaps?

Anonymous's picture

What is going on the dollar?all of sudden the dollar is popping but no response from equities,only gold and oil!!!

Hephasteus's picture

Somebodies paying a bill but doesn't have to sell gold oil or equities to pay it.

delacroix's picture

I'd like to see what CARMAX was doing in relation to CFC.

Anonymous's picture

Hey don't Bill and Warren donate a lot to Bill's foundation/charity? Let's be fair here...

Green Sharts's picture

Why be fair?  Assume the worst, post it and move on to the next story.  

Buffett has never sold a share of Berkshire Hathaway.  He converts A shares to B shares and gifts B shares on a regular basis to the Gates Foundation.  The Gates Foundation sells shares on a regular basis to diversify and to fund its current operations and charitable grants.  I believe Buffett made it a requirement that some percentage of his gifts have to be spent each year because he doesn't believe in charities piling up money forever and creating bureacracies.  Bill Gates is a Berkshire director who has bought quite a bit of stock personally (maybe a few hundred million $ worth, not a huge part of his net worth) but I don't think he's ever sold a share personally either.

Anonymous's picture

Well too late I changed my mind. Let's pitchfork them!

Hephasteus's picture

Oh I see. Buffet gifts these to gates foundtion by "selling" them to it. Then the gates foundation sells them to open market and then everybody says what the hell is going on cause this crap is showing up on a bloomberg terminal.

Anonymous's picture

After all, it's not like the Gates Foundation is disbursing funds across the globe into all sorts of ventures.

In our next shocking report, when I write a check, my account balance decreases!

Project Mayhem's picture

Damn my avatar is worth alot of money


Assetman's picture

Cohen & Steers - CNS

... scratch that... they sold through a private placement.


Anonymous's picture

I know what you're trying to do.

You're trying to ruin my Christmas rally.

It's not going to work. I'm going to get my rally and we're going to get a Christmas retail sales shocker! Bob and Bill are using their stock sale proceeds and going shopping.

Anonymous's picture

They are trying to cover for losses on mortgages (for McMansions) with sales proceeds ?

Hammer59's picture

Favorite CEO?  The ultimate oxy-moron.

Anonymous's picture

VPRT is the best, one insider buy AT the low and an incredible amount of selling.

Gordon_Gekko's picture

Seems like Billy boy is trying to get rid of his MSFT holding pretty fast over there. Hmmm...

Anonymous's picture

Not everything is a conspiracy--Gates (unlike Toll and the salesforce guy, who are dumping stock to idiot buyers) is selling to fund his foundation and the charity work. Moreover, he sells a huge amount (like $50 m) about every week, and has for a long time. This isn't a recent development

Anonymous's picture

GG - Gates is selling BRK/B, not MSFT. He's selling donated stock from Buffett to his foundation.

Gordon_Gekko's picture

Thanks for pointing that out. I'll go take my meds now...

Anonymous's picture

To be fair, Buffett gives Gates Foundation a certain donation of shares (at a regular interval) every quarter. Gates Foundation sells the BRK/B shares to raise cash for their foundation efforts. Seems pretty simple to me.

Gekko - Gates is selling BRK/B on the chart, not MSFT.

Anonymous's picture

"Why be fair? Assume the worst, post it and move on to the next story."

If it looks like a duck and it quacks like a duck....

Buffett has been quacking like a duck for over a year now.."stimulus good, quack quack"...."bailouts good, quack quack"..."mark to fantasy good, quack quack"...."the public didn't pay for the bailouts China did, quack quack"

Yea Ill assume the worse and move on......



tip e. canoe's picture

dear tyler(s), thanks for sharing the squid sales.
is there an easy way to determine volume on those 4Q09 sales?
inquiring minds would love to know

Master Bates's picture

Yeah, Gates has sold 2 or 3 million shares of MSFT pretty much every couple of days for years.  It's all detailed in MSFT's insider transactions.