Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.43%

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Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.43%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Healthcare , IT and Consumer Discretionary sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite rose 0.43% to hit a new 1-month high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Canopy Growth Corp (TSX: WEED ), which rose 12.91% or 3.245 points to trade at 28.375 at the close. Cronos Group Inc (TSX: CRON ) added 7.65% or 0.8000 points to end at 11.2600 and Aurora Cannabis Inc (TSX: ACB ) was up 7.01% or 0.33 points to 5.04 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Altus Group Limited (TSX: AIF ), which lost 7.20% or 2.650 points to trade at 34.160 in late trade. Semafo Inc . (TSX: SMF ) declined 4.82% or 0.16 points to end at 3.16 and Seven Generations Energy Ltd (TSX: VII ) shed 4.16% or 0.36 points to 8.30.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 525 to 516 and 107 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 2.09% to 10.31 a new 3-month low.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.46% or 6.80 to $1459.60 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in December rose 0.42% or 0.24 to hit $57.39 a barrel, while the January Brent oil contract rose 0.51% or 0.32 to trade at $62.61 a barrel.

CAD/USD was down 0.36% to 0.7562, while CAD/EUR fell 0.07% to 0.6862.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.23% at 98.218.

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