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  2. Elon Musk says Saudis back Tesla buyout plan
  3. Turkish lira falls again
  4. Sterling makes modest gains
  5. Ticketmaster to close secondary sites

Live Reporting

By Dearbail Jordan and Chris Johnston

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodnight

    That's it from us for today. Due to circumstances beyond our control we're unfortunately having to finish earlier than normal tonight.

    But don't worry we'll be back at 6am sharp on Wednesday morning. Please do join us then.

  2. IKEA lands in central London

    Ikea store

    Guess what's replacing the former Multiyork store on Tottenham Court Road in central London?

  3. FTSE ends lower

    The FTSE 100 has ended the day 0.23% lower at 7,649.73 with investors remaining wary that the Turkish lira’s dramatic plunge – and the concerns that a financial crisis in the country would ripple through the rest of Europe – keeping the market in the red.

  4. Wall Street treads water

    US traders

    It's still a pretty lacklustre day of trading on Wall Street.

    The Dow Jones is up just 0.08% while the S&P 500 is 0.3% higher. The Nasdaq is having the best day of all three indexes, with it trading up 0.5% thanks to a strong performance from the tech giants Apple, and Google-parent Alphabet.

    However, the sharp fall in the Turkish lira is being blamed for weak trading in the big US banks, with Citigroup, Bank of America and JP Morgan all down 0.3%.

    "If the Turkish lira gets worse and if this turns out to be a larger issue than it is currently, banks are in the front line to getting hurt," said Art Hogan, chief market strategist at B Riley.

  5. Beware the fax machine

    Fax machine

    Booby-trapped image data sent by fax can let malicious hackers sneak into corporate networks, security researchers have found.

    Since many companies use fax machines that are also printers and photocopiers, they often have a connection to the internal network.

    The malicious images exploit protocols established in the 1980s that define the format of fax messages.

    Read the full story here.

  6. Plus500 sinks despite record first half

    Shares in Plus500 fell almost 15% after warning it was unlikely to repeat its record first half, when both revenues and profit more than doubled, as global regulators crack down on online trading platforms.

    The company explained that higher-than-expected volatility over the six months to June 30 resulted in new and existing customers making more diverse trades.

    It was also aided by its expansion outside of Europe. Revenue rose 147% to $65.5m (£51.2m) while pretax profit nearly tripled to $346.4m a year earlier.

    The company said its active customers more than doubled to almost 250,000, with new customers up 75% to 94,148. Transaction in the period rose by 51%.

  7. Worse to come for sterling?

    Pound coins

    Sterling is up a touch to $1.2787 against the dollar and just under €1.12 today - but the pound could fall by up to a fifth in the coming months if the UK does crash out of the European Union without a Brexit deal, according to analysts.

    The currency lost almost 2% last week after international trade secretary Liam Fox warned that there was a 60% chance of leaving without a deal.

    Also muddying the outlook are major political events - Theresa May's Conservative party conference in early October, and meetings of EU leaders in late September and then mid-October.

    "There's no guaranteed date for when Brexit progress or hard Brexit will be known by apart from exit day on 29 March 2019," Nomura analysts said. "We find that we are very much in the early stages of pricing for a hard Brexit."

  8. Tata Steel profits disappoint

    Tata Steel said quarterly net profit more than doubled, but it was well below market expectations as a result of a one-off charge.

    Net profit came in at 19.3bn rupees ($276m), compared to a profit of 9.2bn rupees a year earlier, Tata said.

    Analysts had expected a net profit of 26.4bn rupees. The company blamed a one-off charge of 3.35bn rupees.

  9. Markets won't buy Erdogan's talk

    Andrew Walker

    BBC World Service economics correspondent

    President Erdogan

    President Erdogan sees Turkey‘s problems as the result of a plot rather than economic fundamentals. That kind of talk might play well politically with some audiences in Turkey, but it won’t wash in the markets.

    Turkey has underlying problems in the form of a fairly large international trade deficit, high levels of foreign currency debt owed by the private sector and a persistent inflation problem.

    Certainly the situation has been aggravated by the deterioration in political relations with the United States and the higher tariffs that Turkey now faces on its steel and aluminium sales in the US.

    But the scale of the apparent impact was due to the fact that Turkey was already economically and financially vulnerable.

  10. Netflix finance chief departs

    Netflix's finance chief, David Wells, will step down after eight years in the role, the streaming company said on Monday.

    He will remain with Netflix until his successor is found following an internal and external search.

    "Personally, I intend my next chapter to focus more on philanthropy and I like big challenges but I'm not sure yet what that looks like," Mr Wells said.

    He joined Netflix in 2004, two years after the company went public, and was responsible for content operations and strategic planning.

    Shares in Netflix fell 1.4% in early trading to $341.09.

  11. BreakingMusk outlines Tesla plan

    Elon Musk

    Elon Musk has outlined his plan to take Tesla private in a blog post on Tesla's website.

    The founder of the electric car maker says he made the announcement on Tuesday last week "because I felt it was the right and fair thing to do so that all investors had the same information at the same time".

    He adds: I will now continue to talk with investors, and I have engaged advisors to investigate a range of potential structures and options."

  12. Elliott tunes in to Nielsen

    TV set
    Image caption: They don't make them like this anymore...

    Elliott Management oversees assets worth more than $31bn (£22bn) and has earned a reputation over 40 years as a no-holds-barred activist investor, with an unusually large appetite for public face-offs.

    The firm pursued Argentine government debt for more than a decade, while in the UK it intervened in transport operator National Express and fought supermarket Tesco for damages stemming from a 2014 accounting scandal.

    Now it has set its sights on Nielsen Holdings and plans to push the TV ratings company to sell itself.

    Elliott disclosed a 5.1% stake in the company before Wall Street opened today, sending Nielsen shares up more than 12% and confirming a Wall Street Journal report on Sunday.

    The firm is known for its US television ratings that are used to determine ad rates for commercials.

  13. Top Kenyan officials charged with fraud

    Nairobi railway station

    The heads of Kenya's state railway and the agency that manages public land have been charged with fraud.

    Mohammed Abdalla Swazuri, who chairs the National Land Commission and Atanas Kariuki Maina, managing director of the Kenya Railways Corporation, are accused of paying out more than $2m (£1.6m) in compensation for land which already belonged to the government.

    The individuals who allegedly received the illegal payments have also been charged. All have pleaded not guilty.

    The land was acquired for a $3bn Chinese-funded railway that will link the capital, Nairobi, with the port city of Mombasa. President Uhuru Kenyatta has said he is willing to lose friends in order to end impunity in Kenya.

  14. Wrangler and Lee jeans to be spun off

    Wrangler jeans

    Remember Wrangler and Lee jeans?

    The company that owns the brands, VF Corporation, said today that it will spin off its denim business into a separate business which is yet to be named.

    VF's chairman, president and chief executive Steve Rendle said: "Our jeans platform is a successful, sustainable business with iconic global brands and a clear path to value creation as a standalone entity.

    "This exciting step forward will mean that both VF and NewCo have the resources, management focus and financial flexibility to thrive in a dynamic consumer marketplace, creating an even brighter future for both organisations and all of their stakeholders.”

  15. Turkey's economy will remain intact 'with God's help'

    More from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who says that Turkey's economy is strong and the currency exchange rate will soon "settle at a reasonable level".

    "Turkey's economic dynamics are solid, strong and intact, and with God's help, they will remain intact," he said.

    "The currency exchange rate will settle at a reasonable level... at the earliest. Do not worry, be at ease," he added.

  16. No more bleeding fans dry?

    The Guardian's Rob Davies tweets a link to a story on ticket reselling sites that he wrote back in May 2016 for the paper's Sunday stablemate the Observer:

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