Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.77%

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Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.77%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Healthcare , Energy and IT sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite rose 0.77% to hit a new 1-month high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Descartes Systems Group Inc (TSX: DSG ), which rose 9.98% or 4.79 points to trade at 52.79 at the close. Birchcliff Energy Ltd . (TSX: BIR ) added 7.98% or 0.15 points to end at 2.03 and CannTrust Holdings Inc (TSX: TRST ) was up 7.41% or 0.1600 points to 2.3200 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Centerra Gold Inc (TSX: CG ), which lost 9.32% or 1.17 points to trade at 11.39 in late trade. First Majestic Silver Corp. (TSX: FR ) declined 9.09% or 1.36 points to end at 13.60 and Detour Gold Corporation (TSX: DGC ) shed 8.31% or 2.06 points to 22.74.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 730 to 350 and 106 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 6.58% to 12.77.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was down 2.13% or 33.30 to $1527.10 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in October fell 0.14% or 0.08 to hit $56.18 a barrel, while the November Brent oil contract rose 0.07% or 0.04 to trade at $60.78 a barrel.

CAD/USD was down 0.01% to 0.7559, while CAD/EUR unchanged 0.00% to 0.6849.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.04% at 98.350.

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