Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.26%

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Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.26%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Consumer Staples , IT and Industrials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite gained 0.26%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were CannTrust Holdings Inc (TSX: TRST ), which rose 16.67% or 0.4300 points to trade at 3.0100 at the close. Aecon Group Inc . (TSX: ARE ) added 9.59% or 1.89 points to end at 21.59 and Winpak Ltd. (TSX: WPK ) was up 5.35% or 2.38 points to 46.90 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Aphria Inc (TSX: APHA ), which lost 6.10% or 0.470 points to trade at 7.240 in late trade. Canfor Corporation (TSX: CFP ) declined 5.76% or 0.63 points to end at 10.30 and Peyto Exploration&Development Corp (TSX: PEY ) shed 4.33% or 0.17 points to 3.76.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 565 to 458 and 130 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 1.24% to 10.34.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was up 0.28% or 3.90 to $1418.60 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in September rose 0.30% or 0.17 to hit $56.19 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract fell 0.14% or 0.09 to trade at $63.30 a barrel.

CAD/USD was down 0.01% to 0.7595, while CAD/EUR rose 0.17% to 0.6825.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.18% at 97.725.

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