Shares of Altria Group Inc. /zigman2/quotes/208895754/composite MO -0.69% inched 0.51% higher to $43.21 Thursday, on what proved to be an all-around favorable trading session for the stock market, with the S&P 500 Index /zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime SPX -1.84% rising 1.42% to 4,577.10 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average /zigman2/quotes/210598065/realtime DJIA -1.51% rising 1.82% to 34,639.79. This was the stock's second consecutive day of gains. Altria Group Inc. closed $9.38 below its 52-week high ($52.59), which the company achieved on March 26th.
The stock underperformed when compared to some of its competitors Thursday, as Philip Morris International Inc. /zigman2/quotes/201611010/composite PM -1.60% rose 1.12% to $87.84, British American Tobacco PLC ADR /zigman2/quotes/210207837/composite BTI +1.93% rose 0.83% to $34.00, and Imperial Brands PLC ADR /zigman2/quotes/206232937/delayed IMBBY +0.84% rose 0.72% to $20.93. Trading volume (8.0 M) eclipsed its 50-day average volume of 7.2 M.