Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.01%

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Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.01%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Materials , Energy and Real Estate sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite rose 0.01%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Lucara Diamond Corp (TO: LUC ), which rose 4.20% or 0.100 points to trade at 2.480 at the close. Precision Drilling Corporation (TO: PD ) added 3.60% or 0.12 points to end at 3.45 and Ensign Energy Services Inc (TO: ESI ) was up 2.62% or 0.16 points to 6.27 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Metro Inc . (TO: MRU ), which lost 2.51% or 1.03 points to trade at 40.00 in late trade. Canopy Growth Corp (TO: WEED ) declined 2.07% or 0.400 points to end at 18.950 and NexGen Energy Ltd. (TO: NXE ) shed 1.78% or 0.060 points to 3.320.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 527 to 502 and 169 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 6.48% to 8.23 a new 1-month low.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.05% or 0.70 to $1291.50 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in January rose 0.88% or 0.51 to hit $58.53 a barrel, while the January Brent oil contract rose 0.16% or 0.10 to trade at $63.42 a barrel.

CAD/USD was down 0.15% to 0.7864, while CAD/EUR fell 0.39% to 0.6636.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.12% at 93.04.

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