Stocks opened higher, rising for a fourth day on Friday after stronger-than-expected payrolls data suggested the economy may avoid another recession.

The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> gained 80.19 points, or 0.72 percent, to 11,203.52. The S&P 500 <.SPX> rose 4.50 points, or 0.39 percent, to 1,169.47. The Nasdaq Composite <.IXIC> added 0.71 points, or 0.03 percent, to 2,507.53.

(Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)