U.S. stock index futures drifted into positive territory Friday after a slightly better-than-expected monthly jobs report.
U.S. employers added 155,000 jobs in December, according to the Labor Department, mostly in line with analysts' expectations and slightly below the level for November. The unemployment rate edged higher to 7.8 percent.
"[The number] was a bit disappointing to those who thought the ADP data was a reliable tell of a stronger number," wrote Marc Chandler, global head of currency strategy at Brown Brothers Harriman. "However, the details were stronger than expected...The manufacturing sector remains a key bright spot for the U.S. economy. Upward revisions added another 38,000 jobs, which if added back to the headline, would be close to the 200,000 increase that some economists forecast."