Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.17%

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Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.17%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Telecoms , Utilities and Clean Technology sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite added 0.17%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were GENIVAR Inc . (TSX: WSP ), which rose 13.68% or 13.24 points to trade at 110.03 at the close. Labrador Iron Ore Royalty Corp (TSX: LIF ) added 10.48% or 2.94 points to end at 31.00 and Descartes Systems Group Inc (TSX: DSG ) was up 5.94% or 4.34 points to 77.46 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Ballard Power Systems Inc (TSX: BLDP ), which lost 3.98% or 0.98 points to trade at 23.65 in late trade. ARC Resources Ltd . (TSX: ARX ) declined 3.97% or 0.24 points to end at 5.92 and Ero Copper Corp (TSX: ERO ) shed 3.79% or 0.78 points to 19.80.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 679 to 385 and 99 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 unchanged 0% to 11.27.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was up 0.68% or 12.50 to $1842.70 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in January rose 0.93% or 0.42 to hit $45.70 a barrel, while the February Brent oil contract rose 1.14% or 0.55 to trade at $48.80 a barrel.

CAD/USD was up 0.50% to 0.7780, while CAD/EUR rose 0.32% to 0.6410.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.44% at 90.718.

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