Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.30%

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Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.30%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Materials , Consumer Staples and Utilities sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite added 0.30%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Transcontinental Inc (TSX: TCLa ), which rose 7.23% or 1.75 points to trade at 25.94 at the close. Denison Mines Corp (TSX: DML ) added 6.29% or 0.10 points to end at 1.69 and Kinaxis Inc (TSX: KXS ) was up 5.52% or 7.49 points to 143.18 in late trade.

Biggest losers included BlackBerry Ltd (TSX: BB ), which lost 7.81% or 1.43 points to trade at 16.87 in late trade. AcuityAds Holdings Inc (TSX: AT ) declined 7.09% or 0.990 points to end at 12.980 and Tilray Inc (TSX: TLRY ) shed 6.73% or 1.75 points to 24.25.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 541 to 506 and 115 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% to 11.27.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was up 0.35% or 6.65 to $1902.15 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in July rose 0.41% or 0.29 to hit $70.25 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract rose 0.36% or 0.26 to trade at $72.48 a barrel.

CAD/USD was up 0.19% to 0.8272, while CAD/EUR rose 0.24% to 0.6794.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.08% at 90.047.

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