GLOBALES: GLOBAL MARKETS-Shares flat, though Alibaba rallies in debut - EntornoInteligente / Reuters / * Equities breathe sigh of relief after Scotland vote * World stocks head for fifth week of gains in six * Alibaba up 33 percent in trading debut on heavy volume (Updates to midday trading, adds Alibaba details) By Ryan Vlastelica NEW YORK, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Stock markets around the world were little changed on Friday, paring early advances though equities remained on track for a week of strong gains and Alibaba rallied in its trading debut. Equities pulled back from an early advance, pressured by weakness in large-cap technology shares, though the recent upward trend remained intact. The day’s early gains, which took the Dow and S&P 500 to fresh records, came after Scotland voted to remain in the UK, removing the risk that independence would diminish the United Kingdom’s standing in the world and sow financial, economic and political uncertainty during months of negotiations. Separately, Alibaba Group jumped 33 percent to $90.42 in its debut as one of the biggest IPOs in history. More than 100 million shares changed hands in composite trading in the first 10 minutes of trading. “The biggest risks to the market are geopolitical or a real sharp rise in rates,” said Rick Meckler, president of investment firm LibertyView Capital Management in Jersey City, New Jersey. “The first one is hard to predict and the second doesn’t seem imminent; I guess investors will stay (invested in equities) for a while to come.” The Dow Jones industrial average rose 25.15 points, or 0.15 percent, to 17,291.14, the S&P 500 lost 1.06 points, or 0.05 percent, to 2,010.3 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 24.00 points, or 0.52 percent, to 4,569.43. Because Alibaba is traded on the New York Stock Exchange and is not a component of either the Dow or the S&P, its advance had no impact on the broader market. Yahoo Inc, which has a large stake in Alibaba, fell 4.8 percent to $40.06, while Oracle Corp lost 4.6 percent to $39.63 a day after its results. The benchmark 10-year Treasury note was up 9/32, the yield at 2.5963 percent. MSCI’s global share index dipped 0.2 percent but remained on track for a fifth weekly gain in the last six, as were major U.S. indexes. Equities have been boosted of late by further assurances that interest rates are likely to remain at record lows in many major economies for some time. U.S. shares of Royal Bank of Scotland rose 1.3 percent while an index of European shares ended up 0.3 percent. The dollar index, which tracks the currency against a basket of six peers, rose 0.5 percent to 84.77, near its strongest level in more than four years. The euro shed 0.7 percent to $1.2834. Brent crude rose 0.5 percent to $98.20 per barrel while U.S. crude slipped 0.8 percent to $92.31. Traditional safe-haven gold fell 0.7 percent while silver lost 2.9 percent in its biggest one-day decline since January. Copper dipped 0.1 percent. (Editing by Dan Grebler and Meredith Mazzilli)

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