Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.42%

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Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.42%
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Investing.com – Canada equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Clean Technology , Healthcare and Utilities sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite gained 0.42% 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 9.31% or 1.340 points to trade at 15.740 at the close. Interfor Corp (TSX: IFP ) added 8.40% or 1.22 points to end at 15.74 and Norbord Inc (TSX: OSB ) was up 7.71% or 2.85 points to 39.81 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Hexo Corp (TSX: HEXO ), which lost 9.09% or 0.2100 points to trade at 2.1000 in late trade. Bombardier Inc (TSX: BBDb ) declined 8.20% or 0.100 points to end at 1.120 and Ag Growth International Inc (TSX: AFN ) shed 4.63% or 2.16 points to 44.51.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 578 to 466 and 125 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 0.00% to 11.27.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was up 0.42% or 6.45 to $1556.95 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in February rose 0.31% or 0.18 to hit $58.70 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract rose 0.57% or 0.37 to trade at $64.99 a barrel.

CAD/USD was down 0.19% to 0.7651, while CAD/EUR rose 0.25% to 0.6899.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.33% at 97.380.

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