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B. Riley Downgrades American Eagle Outfitters (AEO); Hedge Funds’ Sentiment Remain Stable

American Eagle Outfitters (NYSE: AEO) on April 18 entered 1.34% lower in pre-market charts to $13.24, after B. Riley downgraded the company’s shares to “neutral” from “buy” and plucked $3 from its price target to $15 per share, according to a Street Insider report.

The company most recently entered into a new 52-week low and has been battling red in the charts as of late due to challenges in the industry of clothing retailers.

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What Does The Smart Money Sentiment Say?

The Smart Money sentiment remain relatively stable of American Eagle Outfitters (NYSE: AEO) as we saw slight tick in activity among the hedge funds we track at Insider Monkey. Out of 742 hedge funds we track, 27 held their positions valued at $295 million shares by the end of Q4, compared to only 26 funds who held their positions valued at $274 million by the end of Q3 2016.

If we take a closer look into hedge funds’ activities, Chuck Royce of Royce & Associates increased its activity on American Eagle Outfitters (NYSE: AEO) by 26% by the end of December 2016. Royce currently holds over 4.7 million shares valued at $71 million. The same is true for Cliff Asness of AQR Capital Management which bumped its activity by 15% and now holds over 4 million shares valued at $61 million.

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The Bottom Line

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