Shares of HCA Healthcare Inc. /zigman2/quotes/205934574/composite HCA -1.18% rose 2.86% to $232.06 Thursday, on what proved to be an all-around great trading session for the stock market, with the S&P 500 Index /zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime SPX -1.89% rising 1.42% to 4,577.10 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average /zigman2/quotes/210598065/realtime DJIA -1.30% rising 1.82% to 34,639.79. This was the stock's second consecutive day of gains. HCA Healthcare Inc. closed $31.86 short of its 52-week high ($263.92), which the company reached on September 17th.
The stock underperformed when compared to some of its competitors Thursday, as Universal Health Services Inc. Cl B /zigman2/quotes/208539347/composite UHS +0.28% rose 4.49% to $121.62, Tenet Healthcare Corp. /zigman2/quotes/207964487/composite THC -3.12% rose 4.96% to $74.02, and Community Health Systems Inc. /zigman2/quotes/203657360/composite CYH -3.83% rose 6.03% to $12.13. Trading volume (1.7 M) eclipsed its 50-day average volume of 1.3 M.