Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.40%

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Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.40%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Materials , Healthcare and REITs sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite rose 0.40% to hit a new 52-week high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Torex Gold Resources Inc (TO: TXG ), which rose 12.60% or 2.440 points to trade at 21.800 at the close. Asanko Gold Inc (TO: AKG ) added 12.53% or 0.490 points to end at 4.400 and Guyana Goldfields Inc . (TO: GUY ) was up 12.39% or 0.710 points to 6.440 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Teck Resources Ltd B (TO: TECKb ), which lost 2.90% or 0.82 points to trade at 27.45 in late trade. ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. (TO: ATA ) declined 2.56% or 0.33 points to end at 12.55 and HudBay Minerals Inc. (TO: HBM ) shed 2.47% or 0.19 points to 7.49.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 728 to 401 and 120 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 11.80% to 12.32.

In commodities trading, Gold for February delivery was up 1.61% or 18.35 to $1159.25 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in February fell 0.41% or 0.22 to hit $53.84 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract fell 0.19% or 0.11 to trade at $56.85 a barrel.

CAD/USD was up 0.38% to 0.7405, while CAD/EUR fell 0.27% to 0.7063.

The US Dollar Index was down 0.52% at 102.70.

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