Shares of HCA Healthcare Inc. /zigman2/quotes/205934574/composite HCA +0.81% advanced 1.18% to $256.76 Tuesday, on what proved to be an all-around mixed trading session for the stock market, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average /zigman2/quotes/210598065/realtime DJIA +0.03% rising 0.26% to 36,398.21 and the S&P 500 Index /zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime SPX +0.01% falling 0.10% to 4,786.35. This was the stock's second consecutive day of gains. HCA Healthcare Inc. closed $7.16 short of its 52-week high ($263.92), which the company achieved on September 17th.
The stock demonstrated a mixed performance when compared to some of its competitors Tuesday, as Universal Health Services Inc. Cl B /zigman2/quotes/208539347/composite UHS +1.72% rose 1.51% to $130.65, Tenet Healthcare Corp. /zigman2/quotes/207964487/composite THC +1.03% rose 0.15% to $80.14, and Community Health Systems Inc. /zigman2/quotes/203657360/composite CYH +0.52% fell 1.70% to $13.29. Trading volume (702,247) remained 700,031 below its 50-day average volume of 1.4 M.