Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.26%

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Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.26%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Healthcare , Clean Technology and IT sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite added 0.26% to hit a new 6-month high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Aurora Cannabis Inc (TSX: ACB ), which rose 18.67% or 2.175 points to trade at 13.825 at the close. Cronos Group Inc (TSX: CRON ) added 10.37% or 1.05 points to end at 11.18 and Trillium Therapeutics Inc (TSX: TRIL ) was up 8.02% or 1.94 points to 26.12 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Canada Goose Holdings Inc (TSX: GOOS ), which lost 3.29% or 1.51 points to trade at 44.35 in late trade. SSR Mining Inc (TSX: SSRM ) declined 3.10% or 0.73 points to end at 22.82 and Barrick Gold Corporation (TSX: ABX ) shed 2.61% or 0.79 points to 29.45.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 615 to 418 and 118 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 December delivery was down 1.24% or 22.40 to $1783.10 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in January fell 0.39% or 0.18 to hit $45.53 a barrel, while the February Brent oil contract rose 1.03% or 0.49 to trade at $48.28 a barrel.

CAD/USD was up 0.25% to 0.7702, while CAD/EUR fell 0.11% to 0.6440.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.16% at 91.823.

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