Shares of HCA Healthcare Inc. /zigman2/quotes/205934574/composite HCA +0.79% inched 0.76% higher to $211.69 Friday, 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 -0.47% rising 0.19% to 4,247.44 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average /zigman2/quotes/210598065/realtime DJIA -0.24% rising 0.04% to 34,479.60. This was the stock's second consecutive day of gains. HCA Healthcare Inc. closed $5.67 below its 52-week high ($217.36), which the company achieved on June 2nd.
The stock demonstrated a mixed performance when compared to some of its competitors Friday, as Universal Health Services Inc. Cl B /zigman2/quotes/208539347/composite UHS +2.92% rose 0.53% to $160.38, Tenet Healthcare Corp. /zigman2/quotes/207964487/composite THC +0.06% rose 0.92% to $68.78, and Community Health Systems Inc. /zigman2/quotes/203657360/composite CYH -2.17% fell 3.00% to $16.15. Trading volume (700,408) remained 671,849 below its 50-day average volume of 1.4 M.