Shares of Marsh & McLennan Cos. /zigman2/quotes/208419097/composite MMC -1.68% inched 0.72% higher to $165.85 Wednesday, on what proved to be an all-around positive trading session for the stock market, with the S&P 500 Index /zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime SPX +0.08% rising 0.37% to 4,536.19 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average /zigman2/quotes/210598065/realtime DJIA -0.56% rising 0.43% to 35,609.34. This was the stock's second consecutive day of gains. Marsh & McLennan Cos. hit a new 52-week high, surpassing its previous peak of $164.75, which the company achieved on October 19th.
The stock demonstrated a mixed performance when compared to some of its competitors Wednesday, as Prudential PLC /zigman2/quotes/203597575/composite PUKPF -3.10% rose 1.23% to $19.99, Willis Towers Watson PLC fell 1.60% to $244.14, and Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. /zigman2/quotes/202575509/composite AJG -2.92% rose 0.32% to $162.49. Trading volume (1.9 M) eclipsed its 50-day average volume of 1.8 M.