Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.21%

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Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.21%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Materials , Healthcare and IT sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite added 0.21%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Detour Gold Corporation (TO: DGC ), which rose 10.63% or 1.70 points to trade at 17.70 at the close. Guyana Goldfields Inc . (TO: GUY ) added 10.62% or 0.550 points to end at 5.730 and Sandstorm Gold Ltd . (TO: SSL ) was up 9.62% or 0.450 points to 5.130 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Inc . (TO: RBA ), which lost 6.05% or 2.950 points to trade at 45.780 in late trade. Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited (TO: FFH ) declined 1.85% or 12.21 points to end at 647.47 and Cameco Corp (TO: CCO ) shed 1.63% or 0.23 points to 13.88.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 821 to 347 and 104 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 3.37% to 10.91.

In commodities trading, Gold for February delivery was up 0.39% or 4.45 to $1143.25 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in February rose 0.04% or 0.02 to hit $53.92 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract rose 0.12% or 0.07 to trade at $56.90 a barrel.

CAD/USD was up 0.20% to 0.7382, while CAD/EUR rose 0.55% to 0.7082.

The US Dollar Index was up 0.20% at 103.21.

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