Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.35%

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Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.35%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were higher at the close on Monday, as gains in the Clean Technology , Consumer Discretionary and Healthcare sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite gained 0.35% to hit a new 6-month high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Home Capital Group Inc . (TO: HCG ), which rose 4.08% or 1.26 points to trade at 32.14 at the close. Restaurant Brands Intl (TO: QSR ) added 4.06% or 2.19 points to end at 56.18 and ShawCor Ltd . (TO: SCL ) was up 3.97% or 1.13 points to 29.60 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Le Groupe Jean Coutu PJC Inc (TO: PJCa ), which lost 3.74% or 0.74 points to trade at 19.05 in late trade. DHX Media Ltd B (TO: DHXb ) declined 2.98% or 0.22 points to end at 7.17 and Labrador Iron Ore Royalty Corp (TO: LIF ) shed 2.61% or 0.40 points to 14.90.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 592 to 549 and 143 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 39.32% to 12.33.

In commodities trading, Gold for August delivery was up 0.18% or 2.35 to $1329.75 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in September fell 1.52% or 0.71 to hit $45.94 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract fell 1.34% or 0.64 to trade at $46.97 a barrel.

CAD/USD was up 0.23% to 0.7730, while CAD/EUR fell 0.11% to 0.6980.

The US Dollar Index was down 0.14% at 96.56.

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