Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.03%

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Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.03%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Healthcare , Consumer Staples and Financials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite gained 0.03%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Tilray Inc (TSX: TLRY ), which rose 22.42% or 1.61 points to trade at 8.79 at the close. Canopy Growth Corp (TSX: WEED ) added 11.45% or 1.02 points to end at 9.93 and Aurora Cannabis Inc (TSX: ACB ) was up 10.48% or 0.48 points to 5.06 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Fortuna Silver Mines Inc (TSX: FVI ), which lost 7.05% or 0.37 points to trade at 4.88 in late trade. Interfor Corp (TSX: IFP ) declined 4.17% or 1.65 points to end at 37.93 and West Fraser Timber Co Ltd (TSX: WFG ) shed 3.83% or 4.36 points to 109.52.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 586 to 474 and 97 ended unchanged on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

The S&P/TSX 60 VIX , which measures the implied volatility of S&P/TSX Composite options, was down 9.39% to 13.80 a new 3-month low.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was up 1.26% or 24.40 to $1,961.70 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in May fell 3.04% or 3.49 to hit $111.44 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract fell 2.95% or 3.59 to trade at $118.01 a barrel.

CAD/USD was unchanged 0.28% to 0.80, while CAD/EUR unchanged 0.37% to 0.73.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.18% at 98.79.

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