Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.35%

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Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.35%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were higher at the close on Monday, as gains in the Healthcare , Materials and IT sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite rose 0.35%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Aphria Inc (TO: APH ), which rose 20.42% or 3.680 points to trade at 21.700 at the close. Canopy Growth Corp (TO: WEED ) added 12.83% or 4.150 points to end at 36.500 and Crew Energy Inc (TO: CR ) was up 8.37% or 0.22 points to 2.85 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Chemtrade Logistics Income Fund (TO: CHE_u ), which lost 4.71% or 0.88 points to trade at 17.82 in late trade. Cineplex Inc . (TO: CGX ) declined 3.93% or 1.33 points to end at 32.50 and Enghouse Systems Ltd (TO: ENGH ) shed 2.89% or 1.78 points to 59.80.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 632 to 500 and 132 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 up 4.28% to 12.17 a new 1-month high.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was up 0.42% or 5.60 to $1340.50 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in February rose 0.79% or 0.51 to hit $64.81 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract rose 0.52% or 0.36 to trade at $70.23 a barrel.

CAD/USD was up 0.35% to 0.8048, while CAD/EUR fell 0.24% to 0.6560.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.54% at 90.13.

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