Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.21%

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Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.21%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the REITs , Consumer Staples and Real Estate sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite gained 0.21% to hit a new all time high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were West Fraser Timber Co Ltd (TSX: WFG ), which rose 5.70% or 5.42 points to trade at 100.53 at the close. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc (TSX: ATDb ) added 3.55% or 1.44 points to end at 42.00 and Interfor Corp (TSX: IFP ) was up 3.34% or 1.01 points to 31.27 in late trade.

Biggest losers included AcuityAds Holdings Inc (TSX: AT ), which lost 8.95% or 1.360 points to trade at 13.830 in late trade. Cascades Inc . (TSX: CAS ) declined 7.75% or 1.27 points to end at 15.12 and Village Farms International Inc (TSX: VFF ) shed 7.53% or 1.27 points to 15.59.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 518 to 507 and 115 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 June delivery was down 0.34% or 5.95 to $1737.05 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in May rose 0.40% or 0.24 to hit $59.57 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract rose 0.41% or 0.26 to trade at $63.00 a barrel.

CAD/USD was down 0.51% to 0.7916, while CAD/EUR fell 0.37% to 0.6674.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.18% at 92.515.

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