Shares of AFLAC Inc. /zigman2/quotes/208944541/composite AFL +2.94% inched 0.36% higher to $55.55 Friday, 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 +1.42% rising 0.75% to 4,471.37 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average /zigman2/quotes/210598065/realtime DJIA +1.82% rising 1.09% to 35,294.76. This was the stock's second consecutive day of gains. AFLAC Inc. closed $2.09 below its 52-week high ($57.64), which the company reached on August 16th.
The stock outperformed some of its competitors Friday, as Principal Financial Group Inc. /zigman2/quotes/201030797/composite PFG +3.41% rose 0.32% to $68.65, Assurant Inc. /zigman2/quotes/202796064/composite AIZ +2.47% fell 0.49% to $162.48, and Unum Group /zigman2/quotes/208720096/composite UNM +2.90% fell 0.11% to $27.48. Trading volume (7.1 M) eclipsed its 50-day average volume of 2.6 M.