Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.32%

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Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.32%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were higher at the close on Tuesday, as gains in the Healthcare , Materials and Consumer Discretionary sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite rose 0.32%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were First Quantum Minerals Ltd . (TO: FM ), which rose 6.06% or 1.16 points to trade at 20.29 at the close. NexGen Energy Ltd. (TO: NXE ) added 5.58% or 0.140 points to end at 2.650 and Enghouse Systems Ltd (TO: ENGH ) was up 3.98% or 2.97 points to 77.56 in late trade.

Biggest losers included WestJet Airlines Ltd (TO: WJA ), which lost 8.17% or 1.63 points to trade at 18.32 in late trade. Guyana Goldfields Inc . (TO: GUY ) declined 5.88% or 0.250 points to end at 4.000 and Shopify Inc (TO: SHOP ) shed 5.55% or 10.640 points to 181.220.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 676 to 409 and 128 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 2.28% to 12.83.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was up 0.20% or 2.40 to $1223.70 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in September fell 2.00% or 1.40 to hit $68.73 a barrel, while the October Brent oil contract fell 1.72% or 1.30 to trade at $74.25 a barrel.

CAD/USD was up 0.22% to 0.7689, while CAD/EUR rose 0.27% to 0.6573.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.14% at 94.27.

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