By Ryan Vlastelica
6:19 PM EDT, September 19, 2014
NEW YORK (Reuters) - 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.
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 sow financial, economic and political uncertainty during months of negotiations.
"Theoretically we could have had a pretty ugly selloff" had the Scotland vote had gone another way, said Phil Orlando, chief equity market strategist at Federated Investors, in New York. "The fact Scotland did the right thing removed that overhang from the market... the market got to focus on Alibaba, which was a positive."
An index of European shares <.FTEU3> ended up 0.25 percent, having closed before U.S. stocks gave up sharp gains on a drop in large-cap technology shares. Yahoo Inc
The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> rose 13.75 points, or 0.08 percent, to end at 17,279.74. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> was down 0.96 points, or 0.05 percent, at 2,010.40. The Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> was down 13.64 points, or 0.30 percent, at 4,579.79.
The benchmark 10-year Treasury note was up 14/32, the yield at 2.5781 percent.
MSCI's global share index <.MIWD00000PUS> dipped 0.16 percent but still had its fifth weekly gain in the last six, while U.S. indexes had their sixth positive week in the past seven. 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.
The dollar index <.DXY>, which tracks the currency against a basket of six peers, rose 0.5 percent to 84.76, near its strongest level in more than four years. The euro shed 0.7 percent to $1.2835.
Traditional safe-haven gold fell 0.7 percent while silver lost 3.4 percent in its biggest one-day decline since December. Copper
(Editing by Dan Grebler and Meredith Mazzilli)
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