Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.12%

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Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.12%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Utilities , Healthcare and Consumer Staples sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite gained 0.12% to hit a new all time high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Alamos Gold Inc (TSX: AGI ), which rose 4.75% or 0.37 points to trade at 8.16 at the close. NovaGold Resources Inc (TSX: NG ) added 3.95% or 0.46 points to end at 12.12 and Maple Leaf Foods Inc . (TSX: MFI ) was up 3.83% or 0.95 points to 25.76 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Ballard Power Systems Inc (TSX: BLDP ), which lost 10.74% or 1.41 points to trade at 11.72 in late trade. Alacer Gold Corp (TSX: ASR ) declined 6.78% or 0.46 points to end at 6.32 and Baytex Energy Corp (TSX: BTE ) shed 5.81% or 0.100 points to 1.620.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 617 to 404 and 144 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 unchanged 0.00% to 11.27.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was up 0.38% or 5.90 to $1562.60 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in March fell 1.89% or 1.07 to hit $55.67 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract fell 1.72% or 1.09 to trade at $62.12 a barrel.

CAD/USD was up 0.07% to 0.7617, while CAD/EUR rose 0.42% to 0.6888.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.17% at 97.460.

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