Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.60%

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Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.60%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Utilities , Real Estate and Healthcare sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite added 0.60%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Alamos Gold Inc (TSX: AGI ), which rose 12.49% or 1.35 points to trade at 12.16 at the close. Aurora Cannabis Inc (TSX: ACB ) added 7.09% or 0.360 points to end at 5.440 and FirstService Corp (TSX: FSV ) was up 6.00% or 10.29 points to 181.86 in late trade.

Biggest losers included OceanaGold Corporation (TSX: OGC ), which lost 10.27% or 0.190 points to trade at 1.660 in late trade. Shopify Inc (TSX: SHOP ) declined 4.98% or 68.00 points to end at 1296.41 and Element Fleet Management Corp (TSX: EFN ) shed 4.89% or 0.63 points to 12.25.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 648 to 398 and 96 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 December delivery was down 0.51% or 9.50 to $1869.70 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in December fell 2.92% or 1.09 to hit $36.30 a barrel, while the January Brent oil contract fell 3.28% or 1.30 to trade at $38.34 a barrel.

CAD/USD was up 0.07% to 0.7510, while CAD/EUR rose 0.70% to 0.6432.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.57% at 93.942.

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