Shares of HCA Healthcare Inc. /zigman2/quotes/205934574/composite HCA -1.42% inched 0.03% higher to $240.86 Thursday, on what proved to be an all-around poor trading session for the stock market, with the S&P 500 Index /zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime SPX +0.16% falling 2.44% to 4,477.44 and Dow Jones Industrial Average /zigman2/quotes/210598065/realtime DJIA -0.42% falling 1.45% to 35,111.16. This was the stock's second consecutive day of gains. HCA Healthcare Inc. closed $28.89 short of its 52-week high ($269.75), which the company achieved on January 5th.
The stock outperformed some of its competitors Thursday, as Universal Health Services Inc. Cl B /zigman2/quotes/208539347/composite UHS -1.01% fell 0.93% to $131.45, Tenet Healthcare Corp. /zigman2/quotes/207964487/composite THC -2.44% fell 1.61% to $75.20, and Community Health Systems Inc. /zigman2/quotes/203657360/composite CYH +3.72% fell 2.38% to $12.71. Trading volume (1.0 M) remained 528,406 below its 50-day average volume of 1.6 M.