The U.S. stock market is poised to open higher Friday, extending its best day of the year as a widely anticipated employment report showed the U.S. unemployment rate declined last month. The report also showed the economy added fewer jobs than expected jobs in January.
KEEPING SCORE: Dow Jones industrial average futures rose 75 points to 15,624 about 15 minutes before the U.S. stock market opened. Standard & Poor's 500 index futures were up 11 points to 1,778. Nasdaq futures added 27 points to 3,514.
UNEMPLOYMENT FALLS: While cold weather likely held back hiring in December, the impact faded in January. Still, more people began looking for work in January, a sign that they were optimistic about finding jobs. Some of these people found jobs, reducing the unemployment rate to 6.6 percent. That's the lowest rate since October 2008.