Stocks rose on Thursday, led by a late-day surge in technology shares, as investors geared up for a strong Friday unemployment report.

The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> was up 5.74 points, or 0.06 percent, to end unofficially at 10,255.28. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> was up 4.44 points, or 0.40 percent, to finish unofficially at 1,102.82. The Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> was up 21.96 points, or 0.96 percent, to close unofficially at 2,303.03.

(Reporting by Edward Krudy; Editing by Jan Paschal)