Packer leads the buyers
THANKS to a top-up by James Douglas Packer on Crown scrip, buyers easily outspent sellers on the directors' trades front.
But extract Mr Packer's efforts and the scorecard registered about $5 million to $32 million in favour of sellers.
Mr Packer's interests moved to 50.01 per cent of the casino group, a stake valued at $3.9 billion.
Elsewhere, the Millner family put some petty change into investment group Washington H. Soul Pattinson, while Edmund Bateman bought more shares in his Primary Health Care, whose scrip has firmed appreciably.
Christopher Morris was again active in one of his little technology plays.
This time the man from Computershare was buying shares in Adslot, which states its product allows media publishers to sell advertising inventory directly to advertisers.
Adslot went for a terrific run when Mr Morris came aboard in 2010 and the shares soared to about 26¢. But they have more or less been on the slippery slope ever since and Mr Morris now finds he is able to buy shares in a friendless market.
Following recent buying, he holds about 10 per cent of the capital.
Elsewhere, Peter Bond, the managing director of Linc Energy, bought 500,000 shares in the coal, oil, gas and oil shale deposits owner from fellow director Craig Ricato.
Last year, Mr Bond bought shares at $2.63 and declared it was "rare that all the planets align to let me buy Linc Energy stock as often as I'd like, but given there is so much potential and upside to come, I see Linc Energy as a standout investment". Now paying $1.17 a share, he said: "I am very pleased to purchase the stock as I have been looking for opportunities to buy Linc Energy stock as and when I can."
Elsewhere, Father Christmas handed Westpac chief Gail Kelly nearly $6.5 million and Ronald Brierley continued disposing of Guinness Peat stock. And Samuel Morgan sold $5.9 million of scrip in software developer Xero.