NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (All times local):
U.S. stocks are advancing in early trading after the government's latest jobs report didn't trouble investors.
The Labor Department said Friday that U.S. employers added 156,000 jobs in August, a bit less than analysts anticipated. But that didn't change Wall Street's view of the still-growing economy.
Automakers rose as they reported their sales for the month of August. Ford jumped 2.4 percent and General Motors gained 1.7 percent.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index picked up 4 points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,475. The index rose the past five days.
The Dow Jones industrial average rose 50 points, or 0.2 percent, to 21,998.
The Nasdaq composite, which finished at a record high a day ago, added 15 points, or 0.2 percent, to 6,444.