Shares of Johnson & Johnson /zigman2/quotes/201724570/composite JNJ +1.38% inched 0.74% higher to $161.30 Friday, 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 -1.18% rising 0.75% to 4,471.37 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average /zigman2/quotes/210598065/realtime DJIA -1.34% rising 1.09% to 35,294.76. This was the stock's third consecutive day of gains. Johnson & Johnson closed $18.62 short of its 52-week high ($179.92), which the company reached on August 20th.
The stock demonstrated a mixed performance when compared to some of its competitors Friday, as Roche Holding AG Part. Cert. /zigman2/quotes/206948568/delayed RHHVF +3.79% rose 0.94% to $388.13, Merck & Co. Inc. /zigman2/quotes/209956077/composite MRK -0.63% remained unchanged, and Pfizer Inc. /zigman2/quotes/202877789/composite PFE +1.77% fell 0.43% to $41.49. Trading volume (6.9 M) eclipsed its 50-day average volume of 5.8 M.