Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.89%

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Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.89%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were higher at the close on Monday, as gains in the Energy , Materials and Consumer Staples sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite gained 0.89%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Vermilion Energy Inc . (TSX: VET ), which rose 8.73% or 2.14 points to trade at 26.64 at the close. Advantage Oil & Gas Ltd. (TSX: AAV ) added 8.25% or 0.66 points to end at 8.66 and New Gold Inc (TSX: NGD ) was up 8.03% or 0.11 points to 1.48 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Dye & Durham Ltd (TSX: DND ), which lost 5.75% or 1.25 points to trade at 20.50 in late trade. Capstone Mining Corp (TSX: CS ) declined 5.23% or 0.17 points to end at 3.08 and NFI Group Inc (TSX: NFI ) shed 4.11% or 0.55 points to 12.84.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 604 to 368 and 95 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 6.57% to 23.68.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was up 0.38% or 6.80 to $1,808.30 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in August rose 2.00% or 2.17 to hit $110.60 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract rose 1.95% or 2.18 to trade at $113.81 a barrel.

CAD/USD was unchanged 0.15% to 0.78, while CAD/EUR unchanged 0.22% to 0.75.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.06% at 104.97.

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