Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.20%

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Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.20%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Materials , Consumer Discretionary and Clean Technology sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite rose 0.20% to hit a new 6-month high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Pretium Resources Inc. (TO: PVG ), which rose 8.84% or 0.96 points to trade at 11.82 at the close. Fortuna Silver Mines Inc (TO: FVI ) added 7.01% or 0.30 points to end at 4.58 and Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd. (TO: TRQ ) was up 6.31% or 0.140 points to 2.360 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Richelieu Hardware Ltd. (TO: RCH ), which lost 6.11% or 1.45 points to trade at 22.29 in late trade. Shopify Inc (TO: SHOP ) declined 4.91% or 13.450 points to end at 260.250 and Enghouse Systems Ltd (TO: ENGH ) shed 3.97% or 1.34 points to 32.40.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 636 to 400 and 139 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 2.51% to 12.45.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was up 0.09% or 1.15 to $1296.45 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in May fell 0.43% or 0.27 to hit $62.19 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract unchanged 0.00% or 0.00 to trade at $69.28 a barrel.

CAD/USD was up 0.03% to 0.7486, while CAD/EUR rose 0.04% to 0.6672.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.27% at 96.925.

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