Shares of Microsoft Corp. /zigman2/quotes/207732364/composite MSFT -0.51% inched 0.33% higher to $299.56 Thursday, on what proved to be an all-around positive trading session for the stock market, with the S&P 500 Index /zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime SPX -0.11% rising 1.21% to 4,448.98 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average /zigman2/quotes/210598065/realtime DJIA +0.21% rising 1.48% to 34,764.82. This was the stock's third consecutive day of gains. Microsoft Corp. closed $6.28 short of its 52-week high ($305.84), which the company reached on August 20th.
The stock underperformed when compared to some of its competitors Thursday, as Apple Inc. /zigman2/quotes/202934861/composite AAPL -0.53% rose 0.67% to $146.83, Alphabet Inc. Cl A /zigman2/quotes/202490156/composite GOOGL -3.04% rose 0.66% to $2,824.32, and SAP SE ADR /zigman2/quotes/207905606/composite SAP +1.66% rose 2.18% to $144.88. Trading volume (18.2 M) remained 3.7 million below its 50-day average volume of 21.9 M.