Shares of HCA Healthcare Inc. /zigman2/quotes/205934574/composite HCA -0.14% slipped 0.01% to $252.05 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 -0.81% rising 0.62% to 4,725.79 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average /zigman2/quotes/210598065/realtime DJIA +0.15% rising 0.55% to 35,950.56. The stock's fall snapped a two-day winning streak. HCA Healthcare Inc. closed $11.87 below its 52-week high ($263.92), which the company achieved on September 17th.
The stock underperformed when compared to some of its competitors Thursday, as Universal Health Services Inc. Cl B /zigman2/quotes/208539347/composite UHS -0.27% rose 0.42% to $128.13, Tenet Healthcare Corp. /zigman2/quotes/207964487/composite THC -3.67% rose 1.36% to $79.26, and Community Health Systems Inc. /zigman2/quotes/203657360/composite CYH -7.54% rose 0.53% to $13.29. Trading volume (822,202) remained 616,043 below its 50-day average volume of 1.4 M.