Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 1.57%

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Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 1.57%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Energy , Healthcare and Telecoms sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite added 1.57%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were ProMetic Life Sciences Inc. (TO: PLI ), which rose 19.12% or 0.130 points to trade at 0.810 at the close. Corus Entertainment Inc (TO: CJRb ) added 19.03% or 1.14 points to end at 7.13 and Aurora Cannabis Inc (TO: ACB ) was up 10.84% or 0.830 points to 8.490 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Restaurant Brands Intl (TO: QSR ), which lost 2.27% or 1.68 points to trade at 72.23 in late trade. Air Canada (TO: AC ) declined 1.78% or 0.470 points to end at 25.880 and Spin Master Corp (TO: TOY ) shed 1.69% or 0.86 points to 50.02.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 742 to 365 and 123 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 7.20% to 14.44.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was down 0.78% or 10.40 to $1329.80 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in May rose 0.43% or 0.27 to hit $63.64 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract rose 0.59% or 0.40 to trade at $68.42 a barrel.

CAD/USD was up 0.09% to 0.7841, while CAD/EUR rose 0.42% to 0.6406.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.39% at 90.13.

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