They are helping their buddies get out of their short positions. I do not think the analyst will be successful in driving the price lower from $16.50. Long term, AEO has a great business model and has a CEO that puts his money where his mouth is.
AEO is a stock you loved to short for the past year. It is not going to move overnight but gradually move up and pressure more shorts to buy back their shares. When the market goes up 225 points those shorts do not feel the pressure to buy. When the market goes down tomorrow you watch, AEO go up 20 cents and more on Friday.