Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.24%

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Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.24%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were higher at the close on Monday, as gains in the Energy , Materials and Consumer Staples sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite gained 0.24%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Lithium Americas Corp (TSX: LAC ), which rose 14.35% or 6.48 points to trade at 51.64 at the close. Vermilion Energy Inc . (TSX: VET ) added 11.13% or 1.28 points to end at 12.78 and Denison Mines Corp (TSX: DML ) was up 5.42% or 0.11 points to 2.14 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Westshore Terminals Investment Corp (TSX: WTE ), which lost 5.14% or 1.42 points to trade at 26.23 in late trade. Real Matters Inc (TSX: REAL ) declined 4.71% or 0.40 points to end at 8.10 and Canopy Growth Corp (TSX: WEED ) shed 4.52% or 0.670 points to 14.140.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 571 to 476 and 88 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 7.41% to 18.40 a new 1-month high.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was down 0.21% or 3.75 to $1784.35 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in January rose 3.23% or 2.20 to hit $70.35 a barrel, while the February Brent oil contract rose 2.85% or 2.04 to trade at $73.63 a barrel.

CAD/USD was up 0.26% to 0.7836, while CAD/EUR rose 0.67% to 0.6950.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.27% at 96.365.

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