The nation's unemployment rate dropped to 7.7% to lift the markets to a higher open with the Dow gaining 29 points to 14,358. Nasdaq slipped a point to 3231.
On the upside
Pandora Media (NYSE: P) reported a smaller than expected loss for the fourth quarter as revenue climbed to top analyst estimates and announced the departure of chief executive Joe Kennedy.
J.P. Morgan upgraded Navistar (NYSE: NAV) from a Neutral rating to an Overweight rating and lifted its price target from $23 to $45.
On the downside
Skullcandy (Nasdaq: SKUL) reported lower fourth quarter earnings that missed estimates and warned of losses for the current quarter prompting downgrades.
Sequenom (Nasdaq: SQNM) widened fourth quarter losses more than expected.
BankUnited (NYSE: BKU) priced its secondary offering of 19.6 million common shares at the discounted price of $25.25.
In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of 5 to 3 on the NYSE and by nearly 2 to 1 on Nasdaq. The broader S&P 500 index eased a point to 1543.