Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.76%

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Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.76%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Materials , Energy and Clean Technology sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite added 0.76%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Semafo Inc . (TO: SMF ), which rose 8.22% or 0.47 points to trade at 6.19 at the close. MAG Silver Corp . (TO: MAG ) added 7.91% or 1.59 points to end at 21.69 and IAMGold Corporation (TO: IMG ) was up 7.30% or 0.360 points to 5.290 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Concordia Healthcare Corp (TO: CXR ), which lost 4.08% or 0.45 points to trade at 10.59 in late trade. Enghouse Systems Limited (TO: ESL ) declined 2.14% or 1.22 points to end at 55.87 and Avigilon Corp (TO: AVO ) shed 2.02% or 0.18 points to 8.75.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 727 to 389 and 134 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 7.11% to 13.19.

In commodities trading, Gold for December delivery was up 0.91% or 11.95 to $1329.05 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in October rose 2.64% or 1.14 to hit $44.30 a barrel, while the November Brent oil contract rose 2.75% or 1.25 to trade at $46.70 a barrel.

CAD/USD was up 0.97% to 0.7701, while CAD/EUR rose 1.22% to 0.6898.

The US Dollar Index was up 0.21% at 95.86.

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