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Dow Jones Industrial Average

Last Updated at 19 Sep 2014, 16:04 ET *Chart shows local time Dow Jones intraday chart
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17279.74 +
+13.75
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+0.08

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Caterpillar Inc.

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Nasdaq Index

4579.79 +
+17.60
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S&P 500 Cash Index - Chicago Mercantile Exchange

2010.40 -
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-0.05

(Close): US stocks rose as markets welcomed the news that Scotland had voted against independence and investors awaited the first trades in Alibaba shares.

Shares in the company made their debut in the US at $92.70 (£57), after being priced at $68 late on Thursday.

They ended the $93.89 - 38% above the initial asking price.

More than 100 million shares were traded in the minutes after the stock was launched - more than Twitter.

Earlier in the day, founder and chairman Jack Ma rang the opening bell and the NYSE was festooned with the orange and white logos of the company to herald its arrival on public markets.

After closing at a record high on Thursday, the Dow Jones climbed 13.75 points to 17,279.74 .

The S&P 500 fell 0.05% to 2010.4.

The Nasdaq index closed up 0.39% at 4579.79.

Stocks in the UK and across Europe had risen following the Scotland vote, with analysts saying the decision removed a large amount of uncertainty from the market.

Shares in Oracle fell 3.26% after the company announced on Thursday that co-founder Larry Ellison was stepping aside as chief executive after 37 years at the helm of the software giant.

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