Shares of Microsoft Corp. (NAS:MSFT) inched 0.37% higher to $324.35 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 0.98% to 4,596.42 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DOW:DJIA) rising 0.68% to 35,730.48. This was the stock's third consecutive day of gains. Microsoft Corp. closed $1.75 short of its 52-week high ($326.10), which the company reached on October 27th.
The stock demonstrated a mixed performance when compared to some of its competitors Thursday, as Apple Inc. (NAS:AAPL) rose 2.50% to $152.57, Alphabet Inc. Cl A (NAS:GOOGL) fell 0.25% to $2,916.98, and SAP SE ADR (NYS:SAP) rose 1.79% to $147.47. Trading volume (25.4 M) eclipsed its 50-day average volume of 23.5 M.