When no other reason seems plausible, criminality comes to mind. I've suspected improper business practices ever since Rod McEwen dumped 46M shares into the abyss. Whatever happened to those shares? IMO they're still being manipulated to suppress the share price even today. I expect a buyout offer in a lowball range soon with the company's recommendation to accept it. I wouldn't doubt for a minute that David and Bill, et al, are working in collusion with the mob.