1. As you said, the number of unsold iPhones is minimal. Both the 5S and 5C are backordered, so I doubt if there were many sitting on shelves today.
2. Cook said that they SOLD 9 M phones. It's not clear whether Apple's system would include a phone in inventory as a sale or not.
I rest my case: They (the supposed analysts) are not "overtly manipulating any stock", they are merely expressing "their professional opinions". Nothing wrong with that - your are opinions are exactly worth as much as mine - it's the American way!
There is no "false information" to be spread when I am just offering an opinion - it's just an opinion. Of course, if someone's stock crashes because of my comments - I'm soooo sorry - it was just an opinion - no-one should have listened to me.
Now that's good advice.
That's not what you said. If you had said that they weren't manipulating the stock, that might have been defensible. Instead, you said that they could say whatever they wanted because of Freedom of Speech. I was simply pointing out that your premise was wrong. They can NOT legally say whatever they want. There are a lot of things they could say that would be illegal.
The fact that they're getting away with it doesn't change the fact that you were wrong.