Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.32%

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Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.32%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Healthcare , IT and Consumer Discretionary sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite added 0.32%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Bombardier Inc (TSX: BBDb ), which rose 18.34% or 4.03 points to trade at 26.00 at the close. Shopify Inc (TSX: SHOP ) added 6.91% or 27.17 points to end at 420.22 and Ballard Power Systems Inc (TSX: BLDP ) was up 6.62% or 0.50 points to 8.05 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Cenovus Energy Inc (TSX: CVE ), which lost 3.55% or 1.02 points to trade at 27.71 in late trade. Freehold Royalties Ltd . (TSX: FRU ) declined 3.53% or 0.54 points to end at 14.77 and Gibson Energy Inc . (TSX: GEI ) shed 3.29% or 0.88 points to 25.88.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 628 to 401 and 82 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 4.05% to 22.10.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was up 1.31% or 23.80 to $1,837.30 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in July fell 2.42% or 2.88 to hit $116.05 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract fell 1.77% or 2.15 to trade at $119.02 a barrel.

CAD/USD was unchanged 0.36% to 0.78, while CAD/EUR unchanged 0.03% to 0.74.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.75% at 104.55.

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