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  • MOSCOW, Sep 19- Russian shares got a short-lived boost on Friday afternoon after a well-known tycoon was freed from house arrest, but the market optimism faded, leaving indexes well into the red. But he will have to stay in Russia to face money laundering charges.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 19- Stock markets around the world rose on Friday after Scotland voted to remain in the United Kingdom and removed an element of uncertainty for equity markets, which were on track for a week of strong gains. Investors were also eagerly awaiting the initial public offering of Alibaba Group, slated to debut on the New York Stock Exchange on Friday.

  • Stocks up early as Alibaba stock is set to debut Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 9:41 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Wall Street is opening higher on the day Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba makes its big debut in the stock market. Alibaba begins trading later on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker "BABA." The British pound weakened against the U.S. dollar after Scotland voted to remain in the United Kingdom.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 19- U.S. stocks were set to rise at the open on Friday after Scotland's vote to remain in the United Kingdom removed market uncertainty and as Alibaba's strong pricing gave support to risk assets. Alibaba priced its initial public offering at $68 a share, the top end of the expected range, raising $21.8 billion on Thursday.

  • *Bund yields edge up as uncertainty over Scotland subsides. LONDON, Sept 19- Spanish bonds and stocks were Europe's top performers on Friday as markets viewed Scotland's vote against independence as diminishing prospects of a stronger push for secession in Catalonia.

  • *Sterling gains as Scotland voters decide to stay in UK. TOKYO, Sept 19- The British pound rose sharply after the Scottish independence vote indicated Scotland would remain in the United Kingdom, while Wall Street's overnight gains and Alibaba Group's red-hot initial public offering underpinned Asian shares.

  • As Wall Street watches Alibaba, stocks drift Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 12:16 AM ET

    NEW YORK— With Wall Street focused on the debut of Alibaba Group, the stock market drifted into the weekend and major indexes ended little changed. Alibaba gained $25.89 to end at $93.89. Alibaba lined up its initial public offering of stock at $68 a share the day before, raising $21.8 billion from investors.

  • *Sulzer gains on mergers& acquisitions news. LONDON, Sept 18- European equities closed higher on Thursday, with a key index climbing to a two-week high after the U.S. Britain's FTSE rose 0.6 percent, Germany's DAX index gained 1.4 percent and France's CAC 40 rose 0.8 percent.

  • Stocks creep higher on encouraging news Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 12:11 PM ET

    The U.S. stock market is higher in midday trading as investors received more encouraging news on the economy. Fewer Americans filed first-time claims for unemployment benefits last week, according to the Labor Department. Scotland opened polling stations for a referendum on whether the country will leave the United Kingdom and become independent.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 18- The dollar hit a more than six-year peak against the yen on Thursday on data showing U.S. jobless claims fell more than expected last week, while global equity markets rallied after the Federal Reserve again pledged to keep interest rates low.

  • *Sulzer gains on mergers& acquisitions news. LONDON, Sept 18- European equities advanced on Thursday, with a key index climbing to a two-week high after the U.S. Britain's FTSE was up 0.5 percent, Germany's DAX index gained 1.2 percent and France's CAC 40 rose 0.7 percent.

  • European shares climb to 2-week high, focus on Scotland Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 7:09 AM ET

    *Sulzer gains on mergers& acquisitions news. However UK shares slightly underperformed as the voting got underway in Scotland's referendum on independence, keeping investors on edge ahead of the result on Friday. Britain's FTSE was up 0.4 percent, Germany's DAX index gained 1 percent and France's CAC 40 rose 0.6 percent.

  • *Gold, oil prices pressured by rising dollar. SYDNEY/ TOKYO, Sept 18- Japanese shares jumped on Thursday after the dollar vaulted to a six-year peak on the yen as the Federal Reserve's outlook for rising rates underlined the diverging path between the United states and the rest of the rich world.

  • MELBOURNE, Sept 18- London copper slipped on Thursday after the Federal Reserve reaffirmed rates will stay low in the short term but suggested hikes may follow more quickly when they do arrive, pushing up the dollar and cutting the price of commodities.

  • *Gold, oil prices pressured by rising dollar. SYDNEY, Sept 18- Japanese shares jumped on Thursday after the dollar vaulted to a six-year peak on the yen as the Federal Reserve's outlook for rising rates underlined the diverging path between the United states and the rest of the rich world.

  • *SPDR Gold Trust holdings fall. NEW YORK, Sept 17- Gold prices fell more than 1 percent to fresh eight-month lows on Wednesday as the dollar rallied and investors worried about forecasts that the U.S. That's what the market is looking at despite a pretty even, perhaps dovish result and presser, "said Tai Wong, director, metals trading at BMO Capital Markets in New York.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 17- Brent turned lower and U.S. crude extended losses on Wednesday after a government report showed crude stocks rose sharply in the United States last week and as a strong dollar continued to create headwinds for dollar-denominated commodities.

  • *Smiths Group falls after slump in operating profit. LONDON, Sept 17- European equities advanced in cautious trading on Wednesday on expectations that the U.S. Britain's blue-chip FTSE 100 index closed down 0.2 percent, against a 0.4 percent gain for the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares to 1,385.09 points.

  • European shares rise as Fed statement seen less hawkish Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 10:45 AM ET

    *Smiths Group falls after slump in operating profit. LONDON, Sept 17- European equities advanced in cautious trading on Wednesday on expectations that the U.S. Britain's blue-chip FTSE 100 index was down 0.1 percent, against a 0.5 percent gain for the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares to 1,386.31 points by 1405 GMT.

  • European shares gain on hope of less hawkish Fed Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 7:08 AM ET

    *Smiths Group falls after slump in operating profit. LONDON, Sept 17- European shares rose in cautious trading on Wednesday on expectations that the U.S. Britain's blue-chip FTSE 100 index was up 0.2 percent, against a 0.6 percent gain for the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares to 1,386.66 points by 1035 GMT.