Global Markets News
NEW YORK - Stock markets around the world closed flat on Friday as early gains failed to hold through the session, though the upward trend in equities continued and Alibaba soared in its historic U.S. trading debut.
NEW YORK - U.S. stocks closed little changed on Friday after Alibaba's strong debut was offset by falling technology shares as Oracle and Yahoo stumbled, but the Dow managed to edge higher to set a record for a second straight session.
NEW YORK - The dollar gained against a basket of major currencies on Friday, posting its 10th consecutive week of gains, as investors bet U.S. interest rates would rise more quickly than had been expected.
WASHINGTON - Wall Street's self-funded regulator unveiled a list of proposals on Friday to bolster rules governing alternative trading platforms like "dark pools," computerized high-speed trading, and price transparency in the corporate bond market.
RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazilian equity markets retreated while the currency weakened on Friday after an electoral poll showed President Dilma Rousseff gaining on challenger Marina Silva ahead of next month's presidential election.
* Indexes up: Dow 0.64 pct; S&P 0.49 pct; Nasdaq 0.68 pct
LONDON, Sept 19 - British financial markets rose and a collective sigh of relief echoed across the investment and business community on Friday after a Scottish vote against independence averted the deep uncertainty a United Kingdom break-up would have unleashed.
* SAP falls on worries about price for planned acquisition
HONG KONG, Sept 19 - Hong Kong shares had solid rises on Friday, after Alibaba Group's red-hot initial public offering underpinned U.S. bourses, but they were still down for for the week.
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- British Pound Report: UPDATE 5-Relief, not euphoria, for UK markets as Scots vote to stay