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The Ant Group is expected to raise more than $ 34 billion after the stock price is fixed as part of its initial public offering. With that, the Chinese payments group is well on its way to outperform Saudi Aramco as the largest public listing of all time.

The financial technology company, controlled by Alibaba's billionaire founder Jack Ma, will sell shares on a dual listing in Shanghai and Hong Kong. It is expected to make its market debut on November 5th.

Ant said it will sell shares for the portion of Shanghai that trades on the tech-driven Star Market at Rmb68.80 ($ 10.26) each. This emerges from documents released by the city's stock exchange on Monday evening. Ant also said he has set the price of his Hong Kong shares at HK $ 80 (US $ 10.32).

Together, the sale of the roughly 3.34 billion shares, which make up 11 percent of Ant's total outstanding shares, will raise $ 34.4 billion, surpassing the $ 29.4 billion raised by oil major Saudi Aramco in 2019 . The Shanghai segment of Ant sales alone will bring in Rmb 114.9 billion (US $ 17.2 billion), more than double the Rmb 53 million raised by chip maker SMIC in July.

Financial regulators are closely monitoring the Ant Group's success. (FT, NYT)

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In the news

China's Communist Party Plenary The Chinese leadership began to discuss the country's next five-year plan. Beijing should focus on promoting technological self-sufficiency and domestic demand. President Xi Jinping's carbon neutrality plan, which sparked a rally in “clean energy” stocks, was also on the agenda. (FT, Al Jazeera)

Thai protesters march on the German embassy Several thousand Thais marched into the German embassy in Bangkok on Monday to urge Berlin to open an investigation into King Maha Vajiralongkorn for conducting state affairs on German soil. (FT)

Pro-democracy demonstrators marched to the German embassy in central Bangkok and asked Berlin to "conduct an investigation and reveal the entry and departure dates of King Maha Vajiralongkorn" © Gemunu Amarasinghe / AP

US Senate upholds Barrett in the Supreme Court Amy Coney Barrett is set to be ratified by the U.S. Senate and give President Donald Trump his third Supreme Court Justice just a week before election day. Regardless, our editorial team writes that given the nature of US democracy on the ballot paper, choosing between Donald Trump and Joe Biden "shouldn't be difficult". (FT)

ByteDance discusses listing the video app Douyin The TikTok owner is in early talks to list its Chinese short video app Douyin in Hong Kong, according to those familiar with the situation. Meanwhile, the U.S. government rejected TikTok's request to stop the government's ban from coming into effect on November 12. (Reuters, SCMP)

PM: Japan should be climate neutral by 2050 Yoshihide Suga, Japan's new prime minister, has vowed the country will be carbon neutral by 2050, which will require a major change in energy policy in his first keynote address at a new state parliament session. (FT)

Renewable energies only make up 11% of the Japanese energy mix © Bloomberg

The truce between Nagorno-Karabakh is dissolved A US-brokered ceasefire in the disputed region appeared to have collapsed on Monday when Armenian and Azerbaijani forces accused each other of artillery strikes within minutes of the ceasefire taking effect. (FT)

Stocks of Samsung companies jump Shares in groups tied to South Korean conglomerate Samsung rose the day after chairman Lee Kun-hee passed away as investors bet they would raise dividends to help his family members pay high inheritance taxes. (FT)

Start private jets More and more affluent aviators are switching to private jets to reduce the risk of commercial passengers catching coronavirus. How to spend Take a closer look at these first-time private flyers. (FT, HTSI)

The cabin layout with sleeping accommodations can be adjusted. © Dassault Aviation

The day ahead

Summary of results Earning season is well underway, and the tech giants are likely to grab investor attention for most of the week, starting with Microsoft on Tuesday. Also noteworthy: HSBC, the Spanish lender Santander, the Italian company Mediobanca, the pharmaceutical company Novartis and the oil company BP also report on Tuesday. (FT)

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What else are we reading?

Jeff Bezos versus Mukesh Ambani America's and India's richest men battle it out over retailer Future Group, drawing the lines between Amazon and Reliance Industries over India's booming e-commerce market, which is said to be worth $ 86 billion by 2024. (FT)

All the President's debts Nearly all of Donald Trump's US $ 1.1 billion debt is covered by real estate, a sector that has been hard hit during the pandemic. Robert Armstrong and Joe Rennison have made a deep dive into the president's finances. Approximately $ 900 million is due in a possible second term. (FT)

Africa's indebtedness to China is “a great drain”. As Zambia approaches Africa's first default in decade, and pressure on other debt-stricken countries during the pandemic, the crisis has highlighted the fragmentation of Chinese lending and Beijing's reluctance to fully align with global debt relief plans. (FT)

China's Covid triumph could be premature As China's leadership meets this week to plan for the years ahead, its ability to openly discuss the nation's problems will be hampered by the thoughtful personality cult that has grown around President Xi Jinping, writes Gideon Rachman. (FT)

© James Ferguson

Lessons for markets in the Covid era Value investing is on its worst run in at least two centuries after the pandemic exacerbated a decade of battles over a popular strategy that consists of buying cheap stocks in often unfashionable industries. Mohamed El-Erian is collapsing, which means the postponement of austerity measures for the markets. (FT)

Importing a Florida County Mr Trump argues that he can revive the pre-Covid low unemployment rate while Mr Biden will destroy the recovery. Pinellas County is of paramount importance in Florida, where the battle for the economy has been particularly tough. Meanwhile, Mr Biden has outsmarted Mr Trump in some of the richest areas in the US. (FT, NYT)

UAE versus Turkey Within 10 months, a conflict between Turkey and the United Arab Emirates has become the Middle East's most poisonous feud, extending from the oil-rich Gulf to the Horn of Africa to the frontline of the Libyan civil war and facing one of the United States' closest Arab partners a NATO member. (FT)

Relax over the moon Last week Nasa played up an upcoming announcement about the moon. It turned out that they had found evidence of water there. Here's why it's a significant, but not earth-shaking, discovery – and why that's perfectly fine. (Atlantic)

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