Wrong. They run it up and down to cause option values erosion the day before weekly options expire. they do the same thing every week. Mom and Pop donnot own this stock in any numbers large enough to move it. Mom and Pop cannot afford to buy shares of this stock. Mom and Pop, along with 99% of the posters on this board buy options in the direction they "hope" it will move. The instituions rarely change their total position in the stock. they buy and sell the shares back and forth to make money on the option contracts they write.