Shares of HCA Healthcare Inc. /zigman2/quotes/205934574/composite HCA -1.42% rallied 1.65% to $243.42 Wednesday, 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 +0.16% rising 1.45% to 4,587.18 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average /zigman2/quotes/210598065/realtime DJIA -0.42% rising 0.86% to 35,768.06. This was the stock's second consecutive day of gains. HCA Healthcare Inc. closed $26.33 below its 52-week high ($269.75), which the company achieved on January 5th.
The stock underperformed when compared to some of its competitors Wednesday, as Universal Health Services Inc. Cl B /zigman2/quotes/208539347/composite UHS -1.01% rose 3.42% to $136.84, Tenet Healthcare Corp. /zigman2/quotes/207964487/composite THC -2.44% rose 11.00% to $82.22, and Community Health Systems Inc. /zigman2/quotes/203657360/composite CYH +3.72% rose 6.18% to $12.71. Trading volume (939,673) remained 656,986 below its 50-day average volume of 1.6 M.