Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.21%

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Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.21%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Energy , Materials and Consumer Staples sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite gained 0.21%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were NexGen Energy Ltd. (TSX: NXE ), which rose 11.44% or 0.80 points to trade at 7.79 at the close. Denison Mines Corp (TSX: DML ) added 10.40% or 0.21 points to end at 2.23 and Energy Fuels Inc. (TSX: EFR ) was up 10.10% or 1.13 points to 12.32 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Tilray Inc (TSX: TLRY ), which lost 10.55% or 0.96 points to trade at 8.14 in late trade. Aurora Cannabis Inc (TSX: ACB ) declined 6.75% or 0.32 points to end at 4.42 and Canopy Growth Corp (TSX: WEED ) shed 5.78% or 0.52 points to 8.47.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 628 to 451 and 81 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 up 3.56% to 16.27.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was up 0.45% or 8.60 to $1,931.70 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in May rose 0.74% or 0.71 to hit $96.94 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract rose 0.21% or 0.21 to trade at $101.28 a barrel.

CAD/USD was unchanged 0.37% to 0.79, while CAD/EUR unchanged 0.12% to 0.73.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.20% at 99.81.

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