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(Close): US stocks finished the session with a slender gain to a new record.

After four days of record highs, the Dow Jones industrial average added 1.16 points to 17,614.9.

The broader S&P 500 index was up 1.42 at 2,039.68, while the Nasdaq rose 9 points to 4,660.56.

Alibaba shares slipped further towards the end of business, falling 3.5% despite the Chinese e-commerce giant reporting sales of almost $8bn from its annual 'Singles' Day' shopping event.

Shares in Zynga also built on its trend - upwards. It more than doubled earlier gains to close 12% higher after Jefferies raised its rating on the games developer to "buy" from "hold".

US-listed shares of mobile operator Vodafone ended up 5.5% after the company raised its forecast for full-year earnings, helped by better demand in European markets.

It now predicts full-year core earnings of £11.6bn-£11.9bn, compared with a previous estimate of £11.4bn-£11.9bn.