...you nailed it.
It’s just silly to read about the constant claims of ‘stock manipulation’ in these forums.
Give up, guys. Stock prices are all about expectations. If you don’t meet them, your stock will, in all likelihood, fall. You can’t legislate or wish away how people form their expectations for the future. Cook and Oppenheimer have a job to manage expectations, if they think it’s too optimistic or pessimistic. For better or worse – typically for worse – they never do.
If it’s not something you like, you should stay out of the stock market. It’s really as simple as that.
...it's still manipulation.
And most here are not saying it's some giant conspiracy...it's the fact that big money players CAN manipulate and when the majority position sways to one side, it causes overly-dramatic price swings...especially with Apple. Why? Because you just said it, Cook and Oppenheimer don't (never) manage public expectations (and neither did Steve)....thereby leaving it to media and big players to MAKE UP reasons for the price swings.
The thing most concerning is the fairly low guidance for 2Q. Maybe Tim is expecting to disrupt this quarter thru new product announcements (which I doubt but hope)? That could explain the low guidance. Or just that it'll be slow/boring leading up to new product announcements in 3Q (more probable)?