• 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.

  • *Scotland to stay in UK, but pound down on profit-taking. NEW YORK, Sept 19- The dollar rose against a basket of major currencies on Friday, on track for its 10th consecutive week of gains, as investors bet U.S. interest rates would rise more quickly than expected.

  • LONDON, Sept 19- The zinc rally has run out of steam. But the benchmark LME three-month price has over the last couple of weeks retreated from above $2,400 per tonne to a current $2,260. The LME's Commitments of Traders Report showed money managers trimming their net long position by 12,271 lots, or 306,775 tonnes, in the week to Sept. 12.

  • FRANKFURT, Sept 19- Germany's Siemens is considering a bid for compressor and turbine maker Dresser-Rand that could potentially derail a merger between Dresser-Rand and Swiss pump maker Sulzer, according to several media reports on Friday.

  • LONDON, Sept 19- Sterling's rebound on Scotland's rejection of independence on Friday lasted all of about two hours before the realities of the UK's still-complicated political horizon reined in what had until recently been the world's best performing currency.

  • 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.

  • Edinburgh, Sept 19- People reacted with relief and joy on one side and disappointment laced with bitterness on the other on Friday after Scotland decided to stay part of the United Kingdom in a referendum on independence.

  • 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.

  • FRANKFURT, Sept 19- Germany's Siemens is considering a bid for compressor and turbine maker Dresser-Rand that could potentially derail a merger between Dresser-Rand and Swiss pump maker Sulzer, according to several media reports on Friday.

  • PARIS, Sept 19- European shares trimmed their gains in afternoon trade on Friday, with traders citing mounting expectation of an imminent credit downgrade of France that pulled the Paris blue-chip index into negative territory.

  • 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. Royal Bank of Scotland said it had scrapped contingency plans to relocate to England.

  • *Alibaba prices IPO at top of range, bolstering sentiment. LONDON, Sept 19- World markets rallied on Friday as Scotland's decision to stay in the United Kingdom lifted Europe and got investors over the latest in a recent run of tricky global political hurdles.

  • BRUSSELS/ PARIS, Sept 19- European Union and NATO officials expressed undisguised relief on Friday at Scotland's clear vote against independence from Britain, but some fretted that the genie of separatism may be out of the bottle in Europe.

  • *Talk of OPEC cuts, lower Libyan output support prices. LONDON, Sept 19- Brent crude oil steadied below $98 a barrel on Friday, not far above 26- month lows reached at the start of the week as OPEC talk of a production cut balanced worries about ample supply at a time of fragile demand.

  • EDINBURGH/ LONDON, Sept 19- When 3.6 million Scots voted on Thursday on whether to leave or stay within the United Kingdom, they were answering one simple question: Should Scotland be an independent country?

  • LONDON, Sept 19- European equities surged on Friday, with a key index hitting a 6-1/ 2- year high after Scotland's decision to vote against independence buoyed equity markets and eased concerns about similar separatist movements in Spain.

  • Some consumers say Apple is losing its "cool" factor Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 7:00 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 19- Holly Riggle, a 29- year-old white-collar worker from Ohio, is just the kind of everyday customer Apple Inc would love to have for its new iPhone 6, which launches Friday. But Riggle is sticking to her Android smartphone, calling Apple less "original" than it was under former chief executive Steve Jobs.

  • LONDON, Sept 19- Sterling's gains to a two-year peak against the euro and a two-week high versus the dollar on Friday after Scottish voters rejected independence ran out of steam as investors focused on the UK economy and new constitutional problems for Britain. These could add some uncertainty to UK growth prospects and tie sterling down in the near term.

  • *Gold headed for 0.5 percent drop for the week. LONDON, Sept 19- Gold fell on Friday, heading for a third straight weekly drop, as the dollar was buoyed by a decline in U.S. jobless claims that reinforced the chance of a faster-than-expected tightening in U.S. monetary policy, while stronger shares also weighed.

  • Sierra Leone begins 3-day Ebola lockdown Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 5:59 AM ET

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone— Sierra Leone confined its 6 million people to their homes Friday for the next three days as the Ebola-ravaged West African country began what was believed to be the most sweeping lockdown against disease since the Middle Ages. President Ernest Bai Koroma urged his countrymen to cooperate.