People that aren't even from America are buying Intel's chips driving up Intel's revenues. Should they stop buying Intel's chips because they are not in America? They say most of Intel's future growth is to come from emerging markets outside America.
Becoming an SA author is an open process and there is no restriction on your opinions on the market. If that were not he case, where would be free speech? What makes you think someone expressing their opinion with open explanations and logic is manipulating stocks. Investors make their own decisions but they may follow someone's logic. That's not manipulation.
what they should be able to do is confirm if they are long, short or neither to all writers or analysts. the problem is guy one says short INTC and isn't in the game but his cube or office mate just shorted 10MM shares and is reaping the benefits. Then after INTC falls 3 bucks, guy 2 comes out with a buy rec after guy one just bought 20MM shares of intc and rides it up.