'They have way too many shares outstanding, so it makes sense that they split now'

Yeah, 155 million is OUTRAGEOUS, especially when more than half are tightly held by long-term institutional owners.  If you're going to try and cause fear and panic then either make the stories plausible, or just make clearly ridiculous stuff up (maybe try 'they just found out they have no gold' or 'I heard the govt's going to nationalize them' or ' their property's just been declared a wildlife preserve').  I shouldn't have to do this work for you...