Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.05%

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Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.05%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the IT , Telecoms and Utilities sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite added 0.05% to hit a new 1-month high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Shopify Inc (TSX: SHOP ), which rose 6.82% or 27.760 points to trade at 434.950 at the close. CannTrust Holdings Inc (TSX: TRST ) added 6.77% or 0.4500 points to end at 7.1000 and Torex Gold Resources Inc (TSX: TXG ) was up 3.73% or 0.500 points to 13.900 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Gran Tierra Energy Inc (TSX: GTE ), which lost 12.79% or 0.330 points to trade at 2.250 in late trade. New Gold Inc (TSX: NGD ) declined 4.35% or 0.040 points to end at 0.880 and HudBay Minerals Inc (TSX: HBM ) shed 3.97% or 0.29 points to 7.01.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 561 to 476 and 134 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 2.67% to 10.92 a new 1-month low.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was up 1.02% or 13.75 to $1364.45 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in August rose 0.54% or 0.29 to hit $54.40 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract unchanged 0.00% or 0.00 to trade at $62.22 a barrel.

CAD/USD was down 0.01% to 0.7529, while CAD/EUR fell 0.03% to 0.6704.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.43% at 96.733.

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