Shares of HCA Healthcare Inc. HCA inched 0.24% higher to $213.77 Friday, on what proved to be an all-around positive trading session for the stock market, with the S&P 500 Index SPX rising 0.88% to 4,229.89 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA rising 0.52% to 34,756.39. This was the stock's second consecutive day of gains. HCA Healthcare Inc. closed $3.59 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 UHS rose 0.57% to $159.76, Tenet Healthcare Corp. THC rose 0.10% to $67.73, and Community Health Systems Inc. CYH rose 0.75% to $16.10. Trading volume (956,986) remained 454,729 below its 50-day average volume of 1.4 M.