Shares of Principal Financial Group Inc. /zigman2/quotes/201030797/composite PFG +1.77% dropped 0.81% to $67.02 Wednesday, on what proved to be an all-around mixed trading session for the stock market, with the S&P 500 Index /zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime SPX +2.07% rising 0.30% to 4,363.80 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average /zigman2/quotes/210598065/realtime DJIA +1.40% falling 0.00% to 34,377.81. This was the stock's third consecutive day of losses. Principal Financial Group Inc. closed $2.76 short of its 52-week high ($69.78), which the company achieved on October 11th.
The stock demonstrated a mixed performance when compared to some of its competitors Wednesday, as AFLAC Inc. /zigman2/quotes/208944541/composite AFL +1.78% fell 0.86% to $53.96, Assurant Inc. /zigman2/quotes/202796064/composite AIZ +0.85% fell 0.71% to $160.18, and Aegon N.V. ADR /zigman2/quotes/201853546/composite AEG +1.32% fell 2.49% to $5.10. Trading volume (1.2 M) eclipsed its 50-day average volume of 1.0 M.