Shares of Microsoft Corp. (NAS:MSFT) advanced 1.68% to $286.14 Thursday, on what proved to be an all-around great trading session for the stock market, with the S&P 500 Index (S&P:SPX) rising 0.20% to 4,367.48 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DOW:DJIA) rising 0.07% to 34,823.35. This was the stock's third consecutive day of gains. Microsoft Corp. hit a new 52-week high, surpassing its previous peak of $284.10, which the company reached on July 16th.
The stock outperformed some of its competitors Thursday, as Apple Inc. (NAS:AAPL) rose 0.96% to $146.80, Alphabet Inc. Cl A (NAS:GOOGL) rose 0.68% to $2,568.43, and SAP SE ADR (NYS:SAP) rose 0.34% to $139.33. Trading volume (23.2 M) remained 719,224 below its 50-day average volume of 23.9 M.