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A Turkish airline company says its jets were used illegally in former Nissan chair Carlos Ghosn’s escape from Japan. Istanbul-based MNG Jet said an employee falsified records and Ghosn’s name did not appear on any documentation related to the flights.

Ghosn earlier this week jumped bail in Japan and fled to Lebanon rather than face trial on financial misconduct charges, in a dramatic escape that has confounded and embarrassed authorities.

How he was able to flee Japan, avoiding the tight surveillance he was under while free on 1.5 billion yen (about $18- million Cdn) bail, is still a mystery, though Lebanese authorities have said he entered the country legally on a French passport.

Ghosn’s daring escape spanned three continents and involved private planes, multiple passports and international intrigue. Turkey detained seven people Thursday as part of an investigation into how he passed through the country, and they were appearing in court Friday. The private DHA news agency reported four pilots, a cargo company manager and two airport workers were detained.

Jet company employee under investigation

MNG Jet said Friday it had filed a criminal complaint in Turkey concerning the illegal use of its jet charter services.

It did not say who the complaint was against, and declined to answer followup questions because a criminal investigation is ongoing. It said one company employee, who was under investigation by the Turkish authorities, admitted to falsifying records and “confirmed that he acted in his individual capacity” without MNG Jet’s knowledge.

The company said it had leased two separate private jets: one private jet from Dubai to Osaka , Japan, and Osaka to Istanbul, and another private jet from Istanbul to Beirut.

“The two leases were seemingly not connected to each other. The name of Mr. Ghosn did not appear in the official documentation of any of the flights,” MNG Jet said in a statement. The statement did not say who leased the jets.

The company said it launched an internal investigation after learning through the media the leases benefited Ghosn and not the officially declared passengers on the planes.

The Turkish Interior Ministry spokesperson, Ismail Catakli, said “a transfer occurred in the [airport] cargo section in Istanbul. In this way, Turkey was used as a transit point.”

Wanted notice issued

On Thursday, Interpol issued a wanted notice for Ghosn. Lebanese Justice Minister Albert Serhan told The Associated Press in an interview that Lebanon “will carry out its duties,” suggesting for the first time the former automotive titan may be brought in for questioning. But he said Ghosn entered the country on a legal passport, and he appeared to cast doubt on the possibility Lebanon would hand Ghosn over to Japan.

Shortly after the Interpol notice, Ghosn issued a statement — his second this week — seeking to distance his Lebanese wife and family from any role in his escape.

“The allegations in the media that my wife Carole and other members of my family played a role in my departure from Japan are false and misleading. I alone organized my departure. My family played no role,” he said.

Ghosn, who is Lebanese and also holds French and Brazilian passports, was set to go on trial in Japan in April. He arrived in Lebanon on Monday via Turkey and hasn’t been seen in public since. In a statement Tuesday, he said he fled to avoid “political persecution” by a “rigged Japanese justice system.”

His lawyer in France, Francois Zimeray, told Japanese public broadcaster NHK TV that he was in frequent contact with Ghosn since Ghosn’s arrival in Lebanon, and appeared to be filled with “a fighting spirit.” Ghosn is eager to start clearing his name, at a news conference next week, Zimeray said.

Ghosn, who grew up in Beirut and frequently visited, is a national hero to many in this Mediterranean country with close ties to senior politicians and business stakes in a number of companies. People take special pride in Ghosn, who is credited with leading a spectacular turnaround at Nissan beginning in the late 1990s and rescuing the automaker from near bankruptcy.

Ghosn, who is charged in Japan with underreporting his future compensation and breach of trust, has repeatedly asserted his innocence, saying authorities trumped up charges to prevent a possible fuller merger between Nissan Motor Co. and Renault.

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Diane Francis: Cenovus-Husky deal another sign of the deliberate stranding and sabotage of Canada's oilpatch – Financial Post

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So my guess is that Trudeau will throw copious amounts of tax dollars into the questionable Newfoundland oil project to prop up his pal and Liberal cronies with contracts there, while continuing to spite the West’s struggling oil industry because they are Tories.

The only good news is that Western Canada’s oil sector is not a sunset industry. Its prospects may be lousy in the short term, but not in the medium to long term. Oil will continue to dominate the world’s energy mix for several more decades to come, according to the International Energy Agency. This means prices will increase again and some analysts predict that they will likely jump upwards of 115 per cent from where they are by the end of the year. Alberta is also blessed with brilliant entrepreneurs, innovators and an enviable work ethic.

Yet a recent Statistics Canada report blames the federal government’s damaging energy policies for contributing to the 35 per cent decline in oil and gas investment over the past five years and massive job losses. It forecasts that investment could shrink by another 40 per cent this year and another 220,000 jobs could be lost.

If that happens, then all bets are off in terms of national unity.

This weekend, when I read about the merger, I recalled the promise of the past. It’s been 34 years since Li Ka Shing was welcomed and feted in Calgary for investing, and believing, in Canada. Oh how times have changed.

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Stock market live updates: Dow slides 900, VIX jumps above 30, reopening stocks lead losses – CNBC

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Dow closes down more than 600 points

The market indexes finished a dreary Monday off of session lows but still down sharply. The Dow lost 650 points, while the S&P 500 fell 1.9%. The Nasdaq Composite was the relative outperformer but still sank 1.6%. — Jesse Pound

Pelosi finishes call with Mnuchin but ‘progress depends on’ McConnell

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s spokesman said on Twitter that the Democratic leader remains “optimistic” about a pre-election deal after Monday’s phone call with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. However, spokesman Drew Hammill said that Democrats are still waiting on the White House to accept its language around Covid-19 testing and that “our progress depends on Leader McConnell agreeing to bipartisan, comprehensive legislation.” — Jesse Pound

Market trimming losses in final hour

Stocks have eased back from their session lows as the end of the session approaches. The Dow last traded down 690 points, while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite were down 2% and 1.8%, respectively. — Jesse Pound

Volatility index climbs above 33

The Cboe Volatility Index extended its gain for the session to nearly 6 points and traded above the 33.4 level. The measure commonly known as the “fear gauge” is on track for its highest close since Sept. 3. If it closes above 33.6 it will the highest reading since June. — Jesse Pound

Final hour of trading: Stocks plunge to start the week

The major averages were sharply lower with an hour left in the trading session amid concerns over a spike in coronavirus cases and stalled stimulus talks. The Dow dropped 735 points, or 2.6%. The S&P 500 slid 2.1% and the Nasdaq Composite pulled back 1.9%. —Fred Imbert

Bernstein says no update from Pfizer on vaccine is potentially worrying

Pfizer management previously said that they expected to have an update on the company’s Covid-19 vaccine in October. But the month is now nearing its end and the company still hasn’t provided additional information, which Bernstein said could potentially be worrying. “Some investors have begun to ponder if this delay means the first interim analysis has missed, and, if so, what this means for the likely efficacy of the vaccine,” the firm said in a note to clients.

Pfizer, which reports earnings on Tuesday before the opening bell, is developing its vaccine candidate in partnership with BioNTech. — Pippa Stevens

S&P 500 still well above next support level, BTIG says

The S&P 500 was still trading about 5% above its next support level despite Monday’s sell-off, according to a note from BTIG’s Julian Emanuel and Michael Chu.

“The market is likely to drift lower near term (first SPX support at 3,209) in the face of Stimulus disappointment … Virus resurgence … and intensifying Election uncertainty,” the strategists said in a note Monday morning. — Jesse Pound

The election could be closer than investors think, strategist says

Wall Street may have been warming up to the idea of so-called Blue Wave as former President Joe Biden holds a sizeable lead in the national polls. However, Aegon Asset Management’s Frank Rybinski thinks investors should brace themselves for a very close contest.

“A lot of the local races are a lot closer” than the national polls, said Rybinski, the firm’s chief macro strategist. He also noted that a recent Gallup poll found that 56% of Americans thought they were better off today than they were four years ago.

“That’s the first reading [on that question] above 50% that we’ve had going back like 40 years,” he said. “If [former House Speaker] Tip O’Neill was right and all politics are local, you don’t get more local than  your own household finances. That tells me this is going to be a much tighter race than the national polls suggest.” —Fred Imbert

Longer term outlook ‘keeps me optimistic,’ Lindsey Bell says

Ally Invest Chief Investment Strategist Lindsey Bell pointed to rising Covid-19 cases and the sagging hopes for a stimulus deal as reasons for Monday’s sell-off. Still, she said the outlook for next year and beyond served as motivation for investors to hold firm.

“Put it all together, and the setting feels eerily familiar. I’m keeping my eye on 2021 projections and the longer-term outlook. That keeps me optimistic about staying invested,” Bell said. — Jesse Pound

Investors should buy this dip, UBS advisor says

Teresa Jacobsen, managing director at UBS Wealth Management, said she thinks investors should buy during Monday’s market sell-off despite uncertainties around stimulus and the coronavirus pandemic.

“On a day like today where you’re seeing volatility, this is giving investors a chance to build positions, and we’re encouraging clients to use that volatility do so,” Jacobsen said.

Jacobsen said there was the potential for a more dramatic sell-off in the short term but pointed to a strong earnings season so far and progress on vaccines as reasons for this to not be a protracted downturn.

“I think there a lot of positives over the longer term for investors,” she said. — Jesse Pound

Pelosi says two sides still differ on testing plan

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a letter to Democratic lawmakers that she and the White House still disagree about health care portions of an additional stimulus bill, including a testing strategy for the coronavirus.

“In all of our legislation, we have stressed the importance of testing, but the Administration has never followed through. The Republicans’ continued surrender to the virus – particularly amid the recent wave of cases – is official malfeasance,” Pelosi said. “We must come to agreement as soon as possible. But we cannot accept the Administration’s refusal to crush the virus, honor our heroes or put money in the pockets of the American people,” she said. — Jesse Pound

Monday’s double whammy serves as a ‘harsh reminder,’ strategist says

The sharp sell-off on Monday, triggered by a record surge in new coronavirus cases and waning hopes for a stimulus deal before the election, served as a reminder that we are not out of the woods yet in terms of the economic recovery, according to Ryan Detrick, chief market strategist for LPL. “The double whammy of a stalled stimulus bill and new highs in cases is a harsh reminder of the many worries that are still out there,” Detrick said. “Most of the recent economic data has been strong, but when you see parts of Europe going back to rolling shutdowns, it reminds us this fight is still far from over.” The Dow dropped 950 points at its session low in afternoon trading, and the S&P 500 last traded 2.7% lower.— Yun Li

Here are some of the biggest movers midday

  • Dunkin’ Brands — Dunkin’ shares spiked after the company said it was in early talks about potentially being acquired by Inspire Brands.
  • Hasbro — Shares of the toy maker fell sharply despite the company posting better-than-expected results for the previous quarter.
  • Lordstown Motors — The Ohio-based electric vehicle maker saw its stock briefly jump in the company’s public-market debut. The stock began trading on Monday after a reverse merger with DiamondPeak Holdings, a SPAC.

Click here to read more. —Fred Imbert

Markets at midday: Stocks drop, Dow heads for worst day since September

The major averages were sharply lower on Monday as concerns over the growing number of U.S. coronavirus cases and a lack of fiscal stimulus dented market sentiment. The Dow traded more than 700 points lower, or 2.6%, and was headed for its biggest one-day drop since Sept. 3. The S&P 500 slid 2.1% and was on pace for it worst day since Sept. 23. The Nasdaq Composite dropped 1.7%. —Fred Imbert

Volatily Index jumps above 30

The Cboe Volatility Index jumped about 3.7 points to trade above 31.20 on Monday morning. The index, often called Wall Street’s “fear gauge,” hasn’t closed above 30 since Sept. 8. The measure is still well below where it was during the coronavirus-sparked sell-off in March. — Jesse Pound

Stock sell-off accelerates

Stocks continued their downward march throughout morning trading. At the low, the Dow fell 714 points for a loss of 2.52%. The S&P 500 declined 2.14% at its low, while the Nasdaq Composite dipped 1.73%. — Pippa Stevens

Dow on pace to break below its 50-day moving average

Monday’s sell-off has put the Dow Jones Industrial Average on pace to close below its 50-day moving average level of 28,021.68 for the first time since Sept. 29. The moving average is a widely watched momentum indicator. The 30-stock average has not closed below 28,000 since Oct. 6 when the Dow closed at 27,772.76.

The S&P 500 fell 1.4% in morning trading to around 3,418, just above its 50-day moving average level of 3,409.08. — Gina Francolla, Yun Li

Airlines, cruise line operators lead declines

Amid a surge in Covid-19 cases and stalled stimulus talks, airlines and cruise line operators led stocks lower on Monday. The two groups are especially sensitive to an uptick in coronavirus cases.

United Airlines dropped 4.6%, while Delta, American, Alaska Air and JetBlue were all down more than 3%.

Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean and Carnival all declined more than 7%. — Pippa Stevens

BlackRock downgrades Treasuries ahead of election

BlackRock on Monday downgraded U.S. Treasuries and upgraded their inflation-linked peers ahead of the election on a growing likelihood of significant fiscal expansion, which could trigger a rise in price pressures. “Markets are increasingly reflecting a unified Democratic government outcome that may lead to a significant fiscal expansion,” Mike Pyle, BlackRock’s global chief investment strategist said in a note. “This electoral outcome would bring forward the market pricing of the higher inflation regime that we were already reflecting in our strategic asset views.” The benchmark 10-year yield, which moves opposite prices, hit a four-month high of 0.84% last week. — Yun Li

Netflix, Amazon in the green

Amid a broad sell-off on Monday, Netflix and Amazon were among the stocks trading in the green. The two tech companies are seen as beneficiaries of stay-at-home trends, and as Covid-19 cases surge across the U.S. and the world, investors wagered they could be set to accelerate gains. Each stock was about 1.5% higher during early trading. — Pippa Stevens

Cramer says the market should focus on Dunkin’ bid, not poor SAP results

CNBC’s Jim Cramer shrugged off the steep slide in SAP shares after the software company’s disappointing earnings report, saying he believes its quarterly results should not guide broader investor behavior.

“I thought that the market should have focused on Dunkin’ Donuts, because here has been a red-hot stock, doing incredibly well, and then gets a bid anyway,” Cramer said on “Squawk on the Street.” “If we just focus on Dunkin’, what does it say about so many of our stocks that have actually been doing well?”

He also noted a positive analyst note on Calvin Klein-owner PVH, as well as an upgrade for the stock of Kontoor Brands, which owns the Wrangler brand. “The whole process of being casual at home, another positive thesis, so I’m seeing too much good, not enough bad, to let SAP color this morning,” he said. – Kevin Stankiewicz 

Stocks decline as stimulus talks stall

Stocks dropped out of the gate on Monday as stimulus talks drag on. The Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 303 points for a loss of 1%, while the S&P 500 shed 0.96%. The Nasdaq Composite opened 0.82% lower. A surge in Covid-19 cases across the country also weighed on sentiment. — Pippa Stevens

SAP plunges 20% as company sends a warning on Covid impact on business

As Covid-19 cases surge, a warning from Europe’s biggest software company that businesses are holding back on spending added to the chill in markets Monday morning.

SAP cut its earnings and revenues forecast for 2020, noting that its customers are spending less, as virus cases surge in Europe. “Lockdowns have been reintroduced in some regions, recovery is uneven and companies are facing more business uncertainty,” SAP said.

SAP also said it was shifting more of its efforts to cloud computing, a move that is expected to depress its margins. JPMorgan cut its rating on the company to neutral from overweight.

SAP shares were down 20% Monday, wiping about $30 billion off its valuation in its worst trading day in 12 years. — Patti Domm

Here are Monday’s biggest analyst calls of the day: Apple, Palantir, Winnebago, Lululemon & more

  • Evercore ISI added Apple to the tactical outperform list.
  • JPMorgan initiated Zscaler as overweight.
  • Bank of America upgraded Kontoor Brands to buy from neutral.
  • Raymond James upgraded D.R. Horton and Toll Brothers to outperform from market perform.
  • Atlantic Equities reinstated Apple as overweight.
  • JPMorgan added Lululemon to the focus list.
  • Morgan Stanley initiated Palantir as overweight.
  • Citi upgraded Winnebago to buy from neutral.

Pro subscribers can read more here.Michael Bloom

Covid cases spike over the weekend

Coronavirus cases are spiking in the U.S. and abroad, raising concerns about the pandemic into the winter months. The U.S. reported 83,757 new Covid-19 cases on Friday, passing the last record of roughly 77,300 cases seen in mid-July, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. On Saturday, the U.S. reported another 83,718 new coronavirus cases.

The U.S. on Sunday set a new daily record of 68,767 cases on a seven-day average, according to a CNBC analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University. 

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said the U.S. is not going to control the coronavirus pandemic on Sunday. “We’re not going to control the pandemic,” Meadows told CNN. “We are going to control the fact that we get vaccines, therapeutics and other mitigations.”

Cases are also spiking around the world, with Italy, France and Spain seeing outbreaks worsen. Spain ordered a nationwide curfew on Sunday and Italy tightened restrictions over the weekend.

Global cases are over 43 million and U.S. cases are more than 8.6 million. — Maggie Fitzgerald

AstraZeneca says its coronavirus vaccine produces immune response

Shares of AstraZeneca rose 0.8% in the premarket after the company said its coronavirus vaccine candidate triggered an immune response among adults.

“It is encouraging to see immunogenicity responses were similar between older and younger adults and that reactogenicity was lower in older adults, where the COVID-19 disease severity is higher,” an AstraZeneca spokesman told CNBC via email. “The results further build the body of evidence for the safety and immunogenicity of AZD1222.” —Fred Imbert, Sam Meredith

Ant Group on track for largest IPO on record

China-based Ant Group will raise $34.5 billion in its dual initial public offering, making it the biggest listing of all time. The financial technology giant said it will split its stock issuance across Shanghai and Hong Kong, issuing 1.67 billion shares in each location. Based on where the company priced the new shares, Ant Group’s valuation stands at $313.37 billion.

The prior largest IPO on record was Saudi Aramco, which raised just over $29 billion in its IPO. — Arjun Kharpal, Pippa Stevens

Dunkin jumps after announcing potential merger

Shares of Dunkin’ Brands surged 17% in premarket trading after the company said in a statement that it is exploring a deal with Inspire Brands that would take the Dunkin’ Donuts parent private. Dunkin’ has already reclaimed its pre-pandemic highs. — Jesse Pound

Stimulus hopes dwindle

With the election less than two weeks away, hopes are dwindling that an agreement on additional stimulus measures will be reached by Nov. 3. Over the weekend White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused each other of moving the goalposts on stimulus talks in separate interviews with CNN. — Pippa Stevens

Dow futures drop more than 200 points

U.S. stock futures came under pressure during early trading on Monday as Covid-19 cases across the country surge. Futures contracts tied to the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 264 points, indicating a more than 300-point drop at the opening bell. S&P 500 futures shed 0.88%, while Nasdaq 100 futures declined 0.7%.

The U.S. reported more than 83,000 new Covid-19 cases on both Friday and Saturday, topping the previous high of 77,300 new cases in July, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Amid the spike, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said in a CNN interview that “We’re not going to control the pandemic. … We are going to control the fact that we get vaccines, therapeutics and other mitigations.”

The major averages are coming off a week of losses. The Dow and S&P each snapped a three-week winning streak, while the Nasdaq posted its first down week in five. — Pippa Stevens

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Wall Street slumps again as coronavirus counts keep climbing – Business News – Castanet.net

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Stocks are slumping sharply in afternoon trading on Wall Street Monday and deepening last week’s losses, as a troubling climb in coronavirus counts threatens the global economy.

The S&P 500 was 2.3% lower and on track for its worst day in more than a month. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 826 points, or 2.9%, at 27,508, as of 12:42 p.m. Eastern time, and the Nasdaq composite was down 2%.

Stocks also weakened across much of Europe and Asia. In another sign of caution, Treasury yields were pulling back after touching their highest level since June last week.

Coronavirus counts are spiking in much of the United States and Europe, raising concerns about more damage to the still-weakened economy. The U.S. came very close to setting back-to-back record daily infection rates on Friday and Saturday. In Europe, Spain’s government declared a national state of emergency on Sunday that includes an overnight curfew, while Italy ordered restaurants and bars to close each day by 6 p.m. and shut down gyms, pools and movie theatres.

Hopes are fading, meanwhile, that Washington will be able to deliver more support for the economy anytime soon. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin spoke several times last week on a potential deal to send cash to most Americans, restart supplemental benefits for laid-off workers and provide aid to schools, among other things.

But deep partisan difference remains on Capitol Hill, and time is running out for anything to happen before Election Day on Nov. 3. Any compromise reached between House Democrats and the White House would also likely face stiff resistance from Republicans in control of the Senate.

Worries about the diminishing prospect for more stimulus in the short term helped drive the S&P 500 to a 0.5% drop last week, its first weekly loss in the last four.

“While we are seeing nations attempt to stifle the spread of the virus through more localised and tentative restrictions, it seems highly likely that we will eventually see a swathe of nationwide lockdowns if the trajectory cannot be reversed,” said Joshua Mahony, senior market analyst at IG in London.

“Traders remain torn as they weigh up the potential impending benefits of a U.S. stimulus package and potential vaccine,” he added.

The U.S. economy has recovered a bit since the stay-at-home restrictions that swept the country early this year eased, and economists expect a report on Thursday to show it grew at an annual rate of 30.2% during the summer quarter after shrinking 31.4% during the second quarter.

But momentum has slowed recently after a prior round of supplemental unemployment benefits and other stimulus that Congress approved earlier this year expired.

In European stock markets, Germany’s DAX lost 3.7%, and France’s CAC 40 fell 1.9%. The FTSE 100 in London slipped 1.2%.

In Asia, Japan’s Nikkei 225 dipped 0.1%, South Korea’s Kospi fell 0.7% and stocks in Shanghai lost 0.8%.

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