Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.57%

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Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.57%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the IT , Healthcare and Clean Technology sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite rose 0.57%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Converge Technology Solutions Corp (TSX: CTS ), which rose 7.11% or 0.630 points to trade at 9.490 at the close. Hut 8 Mining Corp (TSX: HUT ) added 7.06% or 0.460 points to end at 6.980 and Kinaxis Inc (TSX: KXS ) was up 6.69% or 10.00 points to 159.52 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Capstone Mining Corp (TSX: CS ), which lost 5.24% or 0.30 points to trade at 5.43 in late trade. Teck Resources Ltd B (TSX: TECKb ) declined 4.45% or 1.81 points to end at 38.87 and Ero Copper Corp (TSX: ERO ) shed 4.40% or 0.70 points to 15.20.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 613 to 441 and 85 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 down 3.11% to 26.19.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was down 0.30% or 5.40 to $1787.70 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in March rose 0.48% or 0.42 to hit $87.03 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract rose 0.59% or 0.52 to trade at $88.69 a barrel.

CAD/USD was down 0.27% to 0.7825, while CAD/EUR fell 0.22% to 0.7024.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.03% at 97.275.

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