its not maipulation. I mean yes and no. But why would wall street want to pay 68 for this a month before earnings with the upside of 10-20% but risk to the downside of 10-15%, when they could sell, wait the 30 days to right before the earnings, and get the stock for cheaper and get paid for the risk and catch the much bigger upside and almost no downside at this price??/
Don;t hate the game, learn. There are only 250 trading days a year. Money is made off volatility and trading. You can trade around a core position if you know how much something is worth.