Shares of AFLAC Inc. AFL rallied 2.58% to $55.35 Thursday, on what proved to be an all-around great trading session for the stock market, with the S&P 500 Index SPX rising 1.71% to 4,438.26 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA rising 1.56% to 34,912.56. The stock's rise snapped a three-day losing streak. AFLAC Inc. closed $2.29 short of its 52-week high ($57.64), which the company achieved on August 16th.
The stock outperformed some of its competitors Thursday, as Principal Financial Group Inc. PFG rose 2.10% to $68.43, Assurant Inc. AIZ rose 1.94% to $163.28, and Unum Group UNM rose 1.70% to $27.51. Trading volume (2.6 M) eclipsed its 50-day average volume of 2.6 M.