Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.28%

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Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.28%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were higher at the close on Tuesday, as gains in the Healthcare , Industrials and Consumer Staples sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite added 0.28%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Home Capital Group Inc . (TO: HCG ), which rose 11.35% or 0.79 points to trade at 7.75 at the close. Colliers International Group Inc (TO: CIGI ) added 6.76% or 4.64 points to end at 73.24 and Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc (TO: VRX ) was up 6.73% or 0.89 points to 14.11 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Guyana Goldfields Inc . (TO: GUY ), which lost 4.41% or 0.280 points to trade at 6.070 in late trade. Alamos Gold Inc (TO: AGI ) declined 4.10% or 0.40 points to end at 9.23 and Norbord Inc (TO: OSB ) shed 3.81% or 1.61 points to 40.65.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 572 to 548 and 142 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 4.73% to 12.29.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was up 0.21% or 2.63 to $1258.13 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in June fell 2.50% or 1.22 to hit $47.62 a barrel, while the July Brent oil contract fell 2.19% or 1.13 to trade at $50.39 a barrel.

CAD/USD was down 0.23% to 0.7293, while CAD/EUR fell 0.46% to 0.6675.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.14% at 98.84.

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