Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.51%

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Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.51%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Consumer Discretionary , Healthcare and Clean Technology sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite gained 0.51%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were First Quantum Minerals Ltd . (TSX: FM ), which rose 10.61% or 2.78 points to trade at 28.98 at the close. Magna International Inc (TSX: MG ) added 10.17% or 9.73 points to end at 105.43 and HudBay Minerals Inc (TSX: HBM ) was up 9.04% or 0.85 points to 10.25 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Inc . (TSX: RBA ), which lost 7.47% or 5.41 points to trade at 66.98 in late trade. OceanaGold Corporation (TSX: OGC ) declined 6.59% or 0.135 points to end at 1.915 and Capital Power Corporation (TSX: CPX ) shed 3.61% or 1.35 points to 36.04.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 598 to 441 and 105 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 0.17% or 2.95 to $1777.95 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in March fell 1.95% or 1.18 to hit $59.34 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract fell 1.49% or 0.95 to trade at $62.98 a barrel.

CAD/USD was up 0.45% to 0.7922, while CAD/EUR rose 0.28% to 0.6540.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.23% at 90.395.

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