Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.36%

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Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.36%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were higher at the close on Monday, as gains in the Clean Technology , IT and Healthcare sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite rose 0.36%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Ballard Power Systems Inc (TSX: BLDP ), which rose 6.91% or 0.90 points to trade at 13.93 at the close. Aurora Cannabis Inc (TSX: ACB ) added 6.40% or 0.160 points to end at 2.660 and Bombardier Inc (TSX: BBDb ) was up 5.69% or 0.070 points to 1.300 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Alacer Gold Corp (TSX: ASR ), which lost 5.31% or 0.33 points to trade at 5.89 in late trade. OceanaGold Corporation (TSX: OGC ) declined 5.05% or 0.140 points to end at 2.630 and Semafo Inc . (TSX: SMF ) shed 3.94% or 0.110 points to 2.680.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 553 to 476 and 113 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 April delivery was down 0.43% or 6.85 to $1581.05 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in March fell 3.12% or 1.61 to hit $49.95 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract fell 4.20% or 2.38 to trade at $54.24 a barrel.

CAD/USD was down 0.42% to 0.7523, while CAD/EUR fell 0.11% to 0.6803.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.47% at 97.670.

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