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 Thursday, as gains in the Energy , Consumer Staples and Financials sectors propelled shares higher.

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

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Vermilion Energy Inc . (TSX: VET ), which rose 9.24% or 1.48 points to trade at 17.50 at the close. Secure Energy Services Inc . (TSX: SES ) added 5.67% or 0.29 points to end at 5.50 and Parex Resources Inc (TSX: PXT ) was up 5.39% or 1.21 points to 23.66 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Energy Fuels Inc. (TSX: EFR ), which lost 8.58% or 0.940 points to trade at 10.010 in late trade. NexGen Energy Ltd. (TSX: NXE ) declined 8.70% or 0.540 points to end at 5.670 and Stelco Holdings Inc (TSX: STLC ) shed 8.20% or 3.31 points to 37.05.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 604 to 449 and 96 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 4.12% to 17.00.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was down 2.00% or 36.45 to $1788.65 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in February rose 2.34% or 1.82 to hit $79.67 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract rose 1.68% or 1.36 to trade at $82.16 a barrel.

CAD/USD was up 0.18% to 0.7853, while CAD/EUR rose 0.41% to 0.6955.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.13% at 96.305.

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