Manipulation? Nah, aapl and the other "bigs" are above that! The lower price makes financing more difficult and expensive. Also, makes a "deal" at a lower price more of a potential.
The lower price could just be people throwing in the towel and selling. Pretty amazing at this point, but could be.
I still believe, 100%, we prevail in the short term. If not then, it will be in the longer term!