Stocks rise on strong jobs numbers
NEW YORK - Stocks rose Friday after the latest employment report showed that the country added 157,000 jobs in January, and that hiring for the past two years was better than thought.
Earnings from U.S. corporations presented a mixed picture Friday.
Shares of Exxon Mobil are edging higher after the energy giant posted a 6 percent jump in fourth-quarter earnings. The drug-maker Merck & Co. saw generic competition cut into earnings. The stock fell.