The U.S. economy added 175,000 jobs in February, but the unemployment rate crept up slightly, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday.
U.S. stocks are higher in early trading following news that employers stepped up their hiring last month despite severe winter weather.
U.S. stock futures were pointing to a strong open on Friday after the government said employers added 175,000 jobs in February, far more than expected.
Russian aggression in Ukraine shook investors and initially sent stock prices down and gold prices up as investors also worried about U.S. sanctions and Russian threats to seize foreign assets.
Safeway and Albertsons said Thursday they will merge under the control of the company that owns Boise-based Albertsons.
BP tripled the pay of CEO Bob Dudley last year despite legal threats still posed by the Deepwater Horizon disaster.
Disney is laying off 700 people from the interactive unit that makes video games and operates websites, about a quarter of the workforce in the division.
Costco posted growing revenue in the fiscal second quarter, but deep discounts and slack in some other areas caused profits to sink by 15 percent.
Michigan authorities have filed criminal antitrust charges against Chesapeake Energy and Encana Oil and Gas USA for allegedly conspiring to avoid bidding against each other on oil and gas leases.
Weekly jobless claims hit a three-month low, sending the Standard & Poor's 500 index to another all-time high, but investors continue to keep a wary eye on developments in Ukraine.
Staples announced it will close about 225 stores in North America by the end of next year to cut costs, pushing its shares down more than 10 percent before the markets opened.
ExxonMobil says it will cut capital spending by 6 percent this year but still boost production of liquids such as oil by 2 percent.
Target's chief information officer is resigning as the retail giant overhauls its information security and compliance amid investigations into a damaging data breach late last year.
The Supreme Court is poised to overturn one of its landmark precedents Wednesday in a case that could make it harder for investors to prove securities fraud.
The U.S. services grew weakly in February, suggesting that frigid winter weather has taken a major toll on the sector that accounts for about two-third of the world's largest economy.