Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.14%

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Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.14%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Clean Technology , Energy and Consumer Discretionary sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite rose 0.14%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Parex Resources Inc (TO: PXT ), which rose 11.39% or 1.570 points to trade at 15.350 at the close. Silver Standard Resources Inc . (TO: SSO ) added 10.73% or 1.94 points to end at 20.02 and Linamar Corporation (TO: LNR ) was up 10.24% or 5.31 points to 57.15 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc (TO: VRX ), which lost 11.16% or 3.99 points to trade at 31.76 in late trade. Dream Office Real Estate Investment Trust (TO: D_u ) declined 8.98% or 1.67 points to end at 16.92 and Just Energy Group Inc . (TO: JE ) shed 8.28% or 0.65 points to 7.20.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 581 to 579 and 153 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 4.91% to 13.04.

In commodities trading, Gold for December delivery was down 0.60% or 8.05 to $1343.85 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in September rose 3.98% or 1.66 to hit $43.37 a barrel, while the October Brent oil contract rose 4.25% or 1.87 to trade at $45.92 a barrel.

CAD/USD was up 0.57% to 0.7702, while CAD/EUR rose 0.91% to 0.6913.

The US Dollar Index was up 0.29% at 95.87.

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