Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.50%

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Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.50%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were higher at the close on Tuesday, as gains in the Healthcare , Materials and IT sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite gained 0.50%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc (TO: VRX ), which rose 7.63% or 2.17 points to trade at 30.60 at the close. Aurora Cannabis Inc (TO: ACB ) added 6.36% or 0.520 points to end at 8.700 and Element Fleet Management Corp (TO: EFN ) was up 5.49% or 0.31 points to 5.96 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Alacer Gold Corp (TO: ASR ), which lost 4.53% or 0.110 points to trade at 2.320 in late trade. Dorel Industries Inc (TO: DIIb ) declined 2.93% or 0.66 points to end at 21.83 and Seven Generations Energy Ltd (TO: VII ) shed 2.23% or 0.35 points to 15.35.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 624 to 466 and 141 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 1.39% to 13.13.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was up 0.28% or 3.60 to $1300.90 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in July rose 0.94% or 0.61 to hit $65.36 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract fell 0.40% or 0.30 to trade at $74.99 a barrel.

CAD/USD was down 0.31% to 0.7708, while CAD/EUR fell 0.45% to 0.6580.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.17% at 93.86.

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