Written by Associated Press
U.S. stocks are closing higher after the Labor Department said hiring remained solid in July.
Health care companies and consumer goods makers posted some of the biggest gains Friday. Pfizer rose 2.2 percent and Pepsi climbed 1.4 percent.
Video game publisher Take-Two Interactive surged 9.1 percent after raising its forecasts.
Symantec dropped 8.3 percent on weak contract billings. The security software company also cut its profit forecast.
The S&P 500 index added 13 points, or 0.5 percent, to 2,840.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 136 points, or 0.5 percent, to 25,462.
The Nasdaq gained 9 points, or 0.1 percent, to 7,812.
Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.95 percent.