Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury, which moves in the opposite direction of price, fell to 2.42 per cent from 2.45 late Thursday.
The Dow Jones industrial average nudged up 10 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 17,080 in midday trading Friday. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose less than a point, or 0.03 per cent, to 1,998. The Nasdaq fell four points, or 0.1 per cent, to 4,557.
The Labor Department reported early Friday the U.S. employers added 142,000 jobs in August, ending six straight months of hiring above 200,000.