Shares of HCA Healthcare Inc. /zigman2/quotes/205934574/composite HCA -0.14% rallied 2.04% to $252.07 Wednesday, 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 1.02% to 4,696.56 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average /zigman2/quotes/210598065/realtime DJIA +0.15% rising 0.74% to 35,753.89. This was the stock's second consecutive day of gains. HCA Healthcare Inc. closed $11.85 below its 52-week high ($263.92), which the company reached on September 17th.
The stock demonstrated a mixed performance when compared to some of its competitors Wednesday, as Universal Health Services Inc. Cl B /zigman2/quotes/208539347/composite UHS -0.27% fell 0.08% to $127.60, Tenet Healthcare Corp. /zigman2/quotes/207964487/composite THC -3.67% rose 2.61% to $78.20, and Community Health Systems Inc. /zigman2/quotes/203657360/composite CYH -7.54% rose 2.32% to $13.22. Trading volume (1.3 M) remained 131,457 below its 50-day average volume of 1.4 M.