Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.16%

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Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.16%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were higher at the close on Tuesday, as gains in the Materials , Utilities and Healthcare sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite added 0.16% to hit a new 3-month high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Eldorado Gold Corp (TO: ELD ), which rose 6.41% or 0.38 points to trade at 6.31 at the close. Endeavour Mining Corp (TO: EDV ) added 5.96% or 1.170 points to end at 20.810 and Alamos Gold Inc (TO: AGI ) was up 5.11% or 0.34 points to 7.00 in late trade.

Biggest losers included NFI Group Inc (TO: NFI ), which lost 4.54% or 1.52 points to trade at 31.96 in late trade. Linamar Corporation (TO: LNR ) declined 4.35% or 2.21 points to end at 48.57 and Air Canada (TO: AC ) shed 3.96% or 1.320 points to 32.040.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 638 to 435 and 119 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 1.50% to 13.11.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was up 0.84% or 10.90 to $1302.00 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in April rose 0.25% or 0.14 to hit $56.93 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract rose 0.17% or 0.11 to trade at $66.69 a barrel.

CAD/USD was up 0.31% to 0.7488, while CAD/EUR fell 0.08% to 0.6630.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.27% at 96.912.

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