Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.59%

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Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.59%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were higher at the close on Tuesday, as gains in the Healthcare , Consumer Discretionary and Clean Technology sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite rose 0.59%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Ballard Power Systems Inc (TSX: BLDP ), which rose 10.25% or 1.21 points to trade at 13.02 at the close. Lithium Americas Corp (TSX: LAC ) added 9.19% or 3.22 points to end at 38.27 and Lightspeed Commerce Inc (TSX: LSPD ) was up 8.36% or 3.06 points to 39.68 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Capstone Mining Corp (TSX: CS ), which lost 3.42% or 0.22 points to trade at 6.21 in late trade. OceanaGold Corporation (TSX: OGC ) declined 2.86% or 0.060 points to end at 2.040 and K92 Mining Inc (TSX: KNT ) shed 2.62% or 0.20 points to 7.42.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 605 to 424 and 108 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 8.93% to 24.87.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was down 0.73% or 13.60 to $1855.80 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in March fell 3.69% or 3.52 to hit $91.94 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract fell 3.44% or 3.32 to trade at $93.16 a barrel.

CAD/USD was up 0.04% to 0.7857, while CAD/EUR fell 0.44% to 0.6915.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.42% at 95.955.

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