Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.38%

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Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.38%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Clean Technology , Energy and Materials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite added 0.38% to hit a new all time high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Ballard Power Systems Inc (TSX: BLDP ), which rose 12.95% or 2.14 points to trade at 18.66 at the close. Torex Gold Resources Inc (TSX: TXG ) added 9.49% or 1.79 points to end at 20.66 and Whitecap Resources Inc . (TSX: WCP ) was up 5.68% or 0.26 points to 4.84 in late trade.

Biggest losers included First Majestic Silver Corp. (TSX: FR ), which lost 8.54% or 1.15 points to trade at 12.31 in late trade. Bausch Health Companies Inc (TSX: BHC ) declined 6.18% or 2.30 points to end at 34.93 and Lightspeed POS Inc (TSX: LSPD ) shed 5.77% or 2.28 points to 37.24.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 612 to 420 and 133 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 April delivery was up 0.68% or 10.85 to $1614.45 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in April rose 2.18% or 1.14 to hit $53.43 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract rose 2.25% or 1.30 to trade at $59.05 a barrel.

CAD/USD was up 0.29% to 0.7562, while CAD/EUR rose 0.11% to 0.6995.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.14% at 99.477.

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