Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.55%

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Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.55%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Energy , Industrials and Clean Technology sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite added 0.55%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Enerplus Corporation (TO: ERF ), which rose 17.37% or 1.72 points to trade at 11.62 at the close. Precision Drilling Corporation (TO: PD ) added 17.11% or 1.04 points to end at 7.12 and TORC Oil & Gas Ltd. (TO: TOG ) was up 16.97% or 1.22 points to 8.41 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc (TO: VRX ), which lost 7.85% or 1.81 points to trade at 21.24 in late trade. Detour Gold Corporation (TO: DGC ) declined 4.52% or 0.81 points to end at 17.12 and Asanko Gold Inc (TO: AKG ) shed 4.46% or 0.220 points to 4.710.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 691 to 495 and 138 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 12.51% to 13.15.

In commodities trading, Gold for February delivery was down 1.31% or 15.65 to $1175.15 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in January rose 8.51% or 3.85 to hit $49.08 a barrel, while the February Brent oil contract rose 8.85% or 4.19 to trade at $51.51 a barrel.

CAD/USD was down 0.07% to 0.7441, while CAD/EUR rose 0.52% to 0.7026.

The US Dollar Index was up 0.57% at 101.56.

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