Yuo have to wonder how much of this goes on in the over all market. It used to be when a company does well fundamentally as Francesca's has consistently since coming public, shorts stayed away for fear that the stock might attract buyers anytime. It appears that principle no longer holds sway. Especially, if you could sell stocks without first borrowig it as is widely suspected.
It's just unfair that we would buy stocks having done due diligence only to be hamstrung by people who obviously have no qualms with mischief. These people wake up every morning with certain stocks on their target, and it really doesn't matter whether or not the company is doing well fundamentally.
That you would have to or even want to come to a msg board as part of your Due Dilligence is somewhat ludicrous. As far as manipulation, no matter what board you visit for whatever stock there is always someone decrying the movement of the stock either up or down as "Manipulation" In that it is so pervasive it would mean that the entire mkt is being manipulated and if so then by some very powerful people with Govt (SEC) blessing and or incompetence and the whole thing is a scam, in which case you should't be involved in a losing game! "Just sayin"