Shares of HCA Healthcare Inc. /zigman2/quotes/205934574/composite HCA +0.81% inched 0.67% higher to $258.49 Wednesday, on what proved to be an all-around great trading session for the stock market, with the S&P 500 Index /zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime SPX +0.01% rising 0.14% to 4,793.06 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average /zigman2/quotes/210598065/realtime DJIA +0.03% rising 0.25% to 36,488.63. This was the stock's third consecutive day of gains. HCA Healthcare Inc. closed $5.43 below its 52-week high ($263.92), which the company reached on September 17th.
The stock outperformed some of its competitors Wednesday, as Universal Health Services Inc. Cl B /zigman2/quotes/208539347/composite UHS +1.72% rose 0.27% to $131.00, Tenet Healthcare Corp. /zigman2/quotes/207964487/composite THC +1.03% rose 0.36% to $80.43, and Community Health Systems Inc. /zigman2/quotes/203657360/composite CYH +0.52% rose 0.53% to $13.36. Trading volume (642,106) remained 756,109 below its 50-day average volume of 1.4 M.