Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.31%

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Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.31%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the IT , Materials and Financials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite rose 0.31%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Enghouse Systems Ltd (TSX: ENGH ), which rose 20.62% or 8.19 points to trade at 47.90 at the close. Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd. (TSX: TRQ ) added 14.94% or 0.130 points to end at 1.000 and Power Financial Corporation (TSX: PWF ) was up 9.90% or 3.25 points to 36.02 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Empire Company Ltd (TSX: EMPa ), which lost 3.54% or 1.12 points to trade at 30.48 in late trade. First Quantum Minerals Ltd . (TSX: FM ) declined 2.87% or 0.40 points to end at 13.56 and Canada Goose Holdings Inc (TSX: GOOS ) shed 2.87% or 1.52 points to 51.35.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 666 to 386 and 136 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 2.31% to 12.29.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was up 0.54% or 7.95 to $1480.25 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in January rose 1.00% or 0.59 to hit $59.77 a barrel, while the February Brent oil contract rose 1.09% or 0.70 to trade at $64.90 a barrel.

CAD/USD was up 0.03% to 0.7586, while CAD/EUR rose 0.15% to 0.6824.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.20% at 97.190.

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