U.S. stocks rose on Friday after employment notched a second straight month of solid gains and a gauge of manufacturing rose more than expected, lifting optimism about the economy.

The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> gained 56.16 points, or 0.46 percent, to 12,375.89. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> gained 8.10 points, or 0.61 percent, to 1,333.93. The Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> gained 10.43 points, or 0.38 percent, to 2,791.50.

(Editing by Kenneth Barry)