Shares of HCA Healthcare Inc. /zigman2/quotes/205934574/composite HCA +0.81% slid 1.72% to $254.51 Thursday, on what proved to be an all-around dismal trading session for the stock market, with the S&P 500 Index /zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime SPX +0.01% falling 0.10% to 4,696.05 and Dow Jones Industrial Average /zigman2/quotes/210598065/realtime DJIA +0.03% falling 0.47% to 36,236.47. This was the stock's second consecutive day of losses. HCA Healthcare Inc. closed $15.24 below its 52-week high ($269.75), which the company achieved on January 5th.
The stock demonstrated a mixed performance when compared to some of its competitors Thursday, as Universal Health Services Inc. Cl B /zigman2/quotes/208539347/composite UHS +1.72% fell 2.11% to $130.98, Tenet Healthcare Corp. /zigman2/quotes/207964487/composite THC +1.03% fell 0.40% to $77.66, and Community Health Systems Inc. /zigman2/quotes/203657360/composite CYH +0.52% fell 1.16% to $12.83. Trading volume (1.8 M) eclipsed its 50-day average volume of 1.3 M.