Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.68%

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Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.68% – Canada equities were higher at the close on Monday, as gains in the Energy , Telecoms and Consumer Staples sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite gained 0.68%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Spartan Delta Corp (TSX: SDE ), which rose 5.79% or 0.73 points to trade at 13.33 at the close. NuVista Energy Ltd . (TSX: NVA ) added 5.76% or 0.62 points to end at 11.39 and HudBay Minerals Inc (TSX: HBM ) was up 5.31% or 0.33 points to 6.54 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Canopy Growth Corp (TSX: WEED ), which lost 8.70% or 0.24 points to trade at 2.52 in late trade. ECN Capital Corp (TSX: ECN ) declined 6.44% or 0.23 points to end at 3.34 and Tilray Inc (TSX: TLRY ) shed 6.39% or 0.23 points to 3.37.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 516 to 474 and 99 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 0.56% to 19.51.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was up 0.47% or 9.30 to $1,982.80 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in May rose 1.31% or 0.88 to hit $67.81 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract rose 0.15% or 0.11 to trade at $73.84 a barrel.

CAD/USD was unchanged 0.00% to 0.73, while CAD/EUR unchanged 0.01% to 0.68.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.44% at 102.90.

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