Stocks initially -- but barely -- continued their rise despite a disappointing August jobs report from the U.S. Department of Labor.
A weakening labor market may add pressure to the Federal Reserve to act when it meets later this month, and investors may be anticipating another round of central bank stimulus that could boost investments and lower rates.
Major U.S. stock indexes were mixed in early trading.
The Dow Jones industrial average added 13 points, or 0.1%, to 13,305 shortly after the opening bell on Wall Street.
The broader Standard & Poor's 500 index gained 3 points, or 0.2%, to 1,435. The Nasdaq was down 4 points, or 0.1%, to 3,132.
The Labor Department said the U.S. economy added only 96,000 jobs in August, well below the 125,000 analysts expected and less than half predicted by the payroll processing firm ADP on Thursday.