Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.49%

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Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.49%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Materials , Energy and Financials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite added 0.49% to hit a new 1-month high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were First Quantum Minerals Ltd . (TSX: FM ), which rose 8.88% or 2.93 points to trade at 35.93 at the close. Lundin Mining Corporation (TSX: LUN ) added 8.85% or 0.890 points to end at 10.950 and Interfor Corp (TSX: IFP ) was up 6.66% or 2.74 points to 43.89 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Superior Plus Corp (TSX: SPB ), which lost 3.86% or 0.50 points to trade at 12.44 in late trade. Tilray Inc (TSX: TLRY ) declined 3.66% or 0.34 points to end at 8.96 and Canopy Growth Corp (TSX: WEED ) shed 2.96% or 0.340 points to 11.130.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 525 to 493 and 122 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 0.70% to 17.30.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was up 0.43% or 7.85 to $1826.35 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in February rose 1.77% or 1.44 to hit $82.66 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract rose 1.08% or 0.90 to trade at $84.62 a barrel.

CAD/USD was up 0.56% to 0.7997, while CAD/EUR fell 0.15% to 0.6985.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.73% at 94.930.

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