Shares of H&R Block Inc. /zigman2/quotes/207406664/composite HRB +0.02% inched 0.43% higher to $25.44 Thursday, 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 +0.47% rising 1.21% to 4,448.98 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average /zigman2/quotes/210598065/realtime DJIA +0.35% rising 1.48% to 34,764.82. This was the stock's second consecutive day of gains. H&R Block Inc. closed $1.07 below its 52-week high ($26.51), which the company achieved on September 2nd.
The stock underperformed when compared to some of its competitors Thursday, as Intuit Inc. /zigman2/quotes/203136605/composite INTU +0.62% rose 2.59% to $577.37, Automatic Data Processing Inc. /zigman2/quotes/207661132/composite ADP +0.15% rose 1.55% to $201.39, and Western Union Co. /zigman2/quotes/206269665/composite WU -4.16% rose 1.10% to $20.22. Trading volume (1.1 M) remained 347,816 below its 50-day average volume of 1.4 M.