Idamoeron asks this question in the comments of my previous post:
"I don't follow--it appears the price went down over the 2 weeks. On days without the artificial bids, the price closed higher. As the very informative investor that you are, please help us understand better. Where is the manipulation & its intended impact?"
Here's what happens: an artificially high pre-open bid creates the appearance of additional buying interest. The technique especially makes sense when a special event is coming up to create an illusion of excited anticipation.
The hope of the manipulator is that investors seeing the increase pre-open will jump in and drive the stock up. This didn't happen here and I think that's most likely because of the recent negative publicity (StreetSweeper, AEHI Truth et al) which created selling pressure that counteracted the manipulation.
But that's not to say that there was no success. The right question to ask is where would the stock trade at if it weren't for the bid stuffing.
The thing is: once doubt develops a stock like AEHI can plunge very hard very quickly. A 50% drop on a single day is not unheard of. I'll discuss the reasons for that when we'll talk about intraday bid stuffing, ramping and matched orders.