Shares of A.O. Smith Corp. (NYS:AOS) inched 0.66% higher to $65.70 Friday, on what proved to be an all-around favorable trading session for the stock market, with the S&P 500 Index (S&P:SPX) rising 0.75% to 4,471.37 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DOW:DJIA) rising 1.09% to 35,294.76. This was the stock's third consecutive day of gains. A.O. Smith Corp. closed $8.11 short of its 52-week high ($73.81), which the company achieved on September 3rd.
The stock outperformed some of its competitors Friday, as Lennox International Inc. (NYS:LII) fell 0.01% to $309.17 and BWX Technologies Inc. (NYS:BWXT) fell 0.77% to $56.43. Trading volume (717,521) remained 203,342 below its 50-day average volume of 920,863.