Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.11%

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Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.11%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Healthcare , IT and Clean Technology sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite added 0.11% to hit a new 3-month high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were BlackBerry Ltd (TO: BB ), which rose 7.31% or 0.95 points to trade at 13.95 at the close. Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc (TO: VRX ) added 4.62% or 0.79 points to end at 17.88 and DHX Media Ltd B (TO: DHXb ) was up 3.56% or 0.18 points to 5.23 in late trade.

Biggest losers included IAMGold Corporation (TO: IMG ), which lost 7.96% or 0.660 points to trade at 7.630 in late trade. Norbord Inc (TO: OSB ) declined 7.53% or 3.87 points to end at 47.51 and Eldorado Gold Corporation (TO: ELD ) shed 4.20% or 0.12 points to 2.74.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 678 to 450 and 135 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 13.94% to 10.74.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.53% or 6.85 to $1281.85 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in November rose 0.06% or 0.03 to hit $51.59 a barrel, while the December Brent oil contract fell 0.82% or 0.47 to trade at $56.69 a barrel.

CAD/USD was down 0.42% to 0.8020, while CAD/EUR fell 0.72% to 0.6779.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.06% at 92.89.

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