Shares of UnitedHealth Group Inc. UNH advanced 4.17% to $420.36 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. This was the stock's second consecutive day of gains. UnitedHealth Group Inc. closed $11.00 below its 52-week high ($431.36), which the company reached on August 20th.
The stock outperformed some of its competitors Thursday, as Anthem Inc. ANTM rose 4.06% to $390.71, Humana Inc. HUM rose 3.40% to $434.98, and Centene Corp. CNC rose 2.08% to $63.23. Trading volume (6.0 M) eclipsed its 50-day average volume of 2.5 M.