Sep 18, 2018

Tesla shares fall after another dose of bad news

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Tesla shares closed down more than 3% after making up significant ground, following reports that the Justice Department is investigating Tesla and CEO Elon Musk's "funding secured" head fake.

Why it matters: Today's stock moves were not as bad as some feared, especially since shares of Tesla are down about 20% since the fateful August tweet. Tie in Musk's other troubles (including an SEC civil inquiry and a suit from a Thai cave diver), and the stock's volatility is far from over.

The other side: Some bulls are still hanging on. Ben Kallo, an analyst at Baird, reiterated his bull stance on Tesla following Tuesday's news of the criminal probe. In a research note, Kallo said Musk could be liable for any potential fines, not necessarily Tesla, and the company's "fundamentals are strong."

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WHO won't call coronavirus a pandemic as cases spread

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

The World Health Organization will not yet call the coronavirus a pandemic, claiming that needs across affected countries are too varied and the classification would increase fear, per a briefing Monday.

The big picture: As South Korea and Italy stepped up emergency measures in efforts to thwart the spread of the virus, WHO expressed concern about infections with no clear link to China. COVID-19 has killed at least 2,620 people and infected almost 80,000 others, with all but 27 deaths occurring in mainland China.

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Democrats demand new Russia sanctions over 2020 election interference

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Senate Democratic leaders will send a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Monday afternoon demanding they sanction Russia — and potentially Russian President Vladimir Putin himself — for attempting to influence the 2020 presidential election.

Why it matters: The letter follows reports that a senior intelligence official briefed Congress that Russia is again interfering in the November election to help Trump. White House national security adviser Robert O'Brien repeatedly rejected that assessment on Sunday, and CNN later reported that the briefer may have overstated the intelligence community's evidence about Russia's goals.