Shares of H&R Block Inc. /zigman2/quotes/207406664/composite HRB +0.45% inched 0.39% higher to $25.54 Friday, 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 +0.27% rising 0.15% to 4,455.48 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average /zigman2/quotes/210598065/realtime DJIA +0.32% rising 0.10% to 34,798.00. This was the stock's third consecutive day of gains. H&R Block Inc. closed $0.97 short of its 52-week high ($26.51), which the company reached on September 2nd.
The stock demonstrated a mixed performance when compared to some of its competitors Friday, as Intuit Inc. /zigman2/quotes/203136605/composite INTU -0.50% rose 0.10% to $577.92, Automatic Data Processing Inc. /zigman2/quotes/207661132/composite ADP -0.59% rose 0.41% to $202.22, and Western Union Co. /zigman2/quotes/206269665/composite WU -0.87% rose 0.05% to $20.23. Trading volume (752,972) remained 685,059 below its 50-day average volume of 1.4 M.