Looking at the poor performance, anyone in their right mind (not including me since I'm hanging in) would be selling any chance they get. Investors want OUT. When the stock is this oversold and still cannot rally it's bad news.
SEC won't do anything. Manipulation is there but so what? If you're not happy then sell, or short. That's what everyone seems to be doing.
I don't think it is manipulation. These stocks just have too much risk and too little reward for the public to care about them. Costs have gone up and also production is down for some companies making things worse. Until they offer some kind of share buyback or huge dividend increase, i think these stocks will contine to be horrible investments.
Gold companies are making money hand over fist, yet they are priced at the same level as when gold was $800. I think your bearish stance is way too late. The time to be a bear was when gold was at $1900 not seven months later.