Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.51%

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Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.51%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Materials , Energy and IT sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite gained 0.51%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Pretium Resources Inc. (TO: PVG ), which rose 13.66% or 1.30 points to trade at 10.82 at the close. Baytex Energy Corp (TO: BTE ) added 12.90% or 0.32 points to end at 2.80 and CannTrust Holdings Inc (TO: TRST ) was up 7.12% or 0.5400 points to 8.1200 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Eldorado Gold Corp (TO: ELD ), which lost 17.81% or 0.99 points to trade at 4.57 in late trade. Enerflex Ltd . (TO: EFX ) declined 6.30% or 1.11 points to end at 16.52 and Martinrea International Inc . (TO: MRE ) shed 5.72% or 0.74 points to 12.20.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 665 to 373 and 136 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 3.12% to 11.49.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was up 0.65% or 8.30 to $1280.30 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in June rose 0.08% or 0.05 to hit $61.86 a barrel, while the July Brent oil contract rose 0.11% or 0.08 to trade at $70.83 a barrel.

CAD/USD was up 0.42% to 0.7451, while CAD/EUR rose 0.20% to 0.6650.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.40% at 97.197.

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