Shares of Principal Financial Group Inc. (NAS:PFG) rallied 2.10% to $68.43 Thursday, on what proved to be an all-around positive trading session for the stock market, with the S&P 500 Index (S&P:SPX) rising 1.71% to 4,438.26 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DOW:DJIA) rising 1.56% to 34,912.56. The stock's rise snapped a three-day losing streak. Principal Financial Group Inc. closed $1.35 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 Thursday, as AFLAC Inc. (NYS:AFL) rose 2.58% to $55.35, Assurant Inc. (NYS:AIZ) rose 1.94% to $163.28, and Aegon N.V. ADR (NYS:AEG) rose 0.39% to $5.12. Trading volume (838,936) remained 173,297 below its 50-day average volume of 1.0 M.