Shares of PerkinElmer Inc. (NYS:PKI) advanced 2.19% to $160.06 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 sixth consecutive day of gains. PerkinElmer Inc. closed $2.64 below its 52-week high ($162.70), which the company reached on January 11th.
The stock outperformed some of its competitors Thursday, as Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (NYS:TMO) rose 1.99% to $524.50, Becton Dickinson & Co. (NYS:BDX) rose 1.22% to $249.35, and Illumina Inc. (NAS:ILMN) rose 1.18% to $486.52. Trading volume (780,234) eclipsed its 50-day average volume of 701,192.