Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.19%

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Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.19%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Telecoms , Healthcare and Utilities sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite gained 0.19%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Guyana Goldfields Inc . (TO: GUY ), which rose 10.19% or 0.480 points to trade at 5.190 at the close. ProMetic Life Sciences Inc. (TO: PLI ) added 5.03% or 0.080 points to end at 1.670 and Bombardier Inc (TO: BBDb ) was up 3.37% or 0.070 points to 2.150 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Inc . (TO: RBA ), which lost 6.45% or 3.280 points to trade at 47.550 in late trade. HudBay Minerals Inc. (TO: HBM ) declined 4.04% or 0.32 points to end at 7.60 and Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. (TO: IVN ) shed 3.28% or 0.080 points to 2.360.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 635 to 531 and 145 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 4.18% to 10.71.

In commodities trading, Gold for February delivery was down 0.23% or 2.55 to $1130.65 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in February rose 0.32% or 0.17 to hit $52.66 a barrel, while the February Brent oil contract rose 0.62% or 0.34 to trade at $54.80 a barrel.

CAD/USD was down 0.59% to 0.7411, while CAD/EUR fell 0.73% to 0.7100.

The US Dollar Index was up 0.03% at 103.07.

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