Nothing illegal about it. You talk positive about a stock because you want it to go up, and negative because you want it to go down. Been happening for eons. SEC isn't going to do anything about it. And they shouldn't. Besides, folks creating stories about these pieces of paper provide for wonderful entertainment. If they did not exist, you would have nothing to read other than the numbers and transcripts of earnings reports. Sorta like watching a football game without the color commentary.
until they stumble - like AAPL - they are the value proposition for advertisers and defacto way to give companies a common platform for presence and thus B to C commerce.
Sentiment: Strong Buy
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days: I figured it was something along those lines. You would think by now that investors would be wise to those antics. Much like the writers for Motley Fool and Seeking Alpha. One day they write a stock is a sure-fire triple and we should all rush to buy. A week later, one of their guys is calling the very same stock nothing but smoke and mirrors.
Total fantasia. Sad part is there are still people who cling to the written word as gospel and buy/sell accordingly. No telling how much money nefarious opiners have cost the average retail investor like you and me.