Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Fair Value Measurements

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Fair Value Measurements
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2011
Fair Value Measurements [Abstract]  
Fair Value Measurements

4. Fair Value Measurements

Assets and liabilities recorded at fair value in the consolidated balance sheets are categorized based upon the extent to which the fair value estimates are based upon observable or unobservable inputs. Level inputs are as follows:

 

Level Input:

  

Input Definition:

Level I

   Inputs are unadjusted, quoted prices for identical assets or liabilities in active markets at the measurement date.

Level II

   Inputs other than quoted prices included in Level I that are observable for the asset or liability through corroboration with market data at the measurement date.

Level III

   Unobservable inputs that reflect management's best estimate of what market participants would use in pricing the asset or liability at the measurement date.

 

 

The Company periodically transfers U.S. Treasury securities and obligations of U.S. government corporations and agencies between Level I and Level II fair value measurements dependent upon the level of trading activity for the specific securities at the measurement date. The Company utilizes matrix pricing services to estimate fair value for securities which are not actively traded on the measurement date. The Company designates these securities as Level II fair value measurements. The aggregate carrying amount of the Company's life insurance contracts and cost-method investments, which approximates fair value, was $22,699 and $21,451 as of September 30, 2011 and December 31, 2010, respectively.