Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.74%

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Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.74% – Canada equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the IT , Consumer Discretionary and Financials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite rose 0.74%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Celestica Inc. (TSX: CLS ), which rose 10.27% or 1.63 points to trade at 17.50 at the close. Africa Oil Corp (TSX: AOI ) added 5.40% or 0.15 points to end at 2.93 and Capstone Mining Corp (TSX: CS ) was up 4.45% or 0.23 points to 5.40 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Tilray Inc (TSX: TLRY ), which lost 20.44% or 0.65 points to trade at 2.53 in late trade. Canadian Western Bank (TSX: CWB ) declined 5.86% or 1.43 points to end at 22.99 and Pet Valu Holdings Ltd (TSX: PET ) shed 3.57% or 1.19 points to 32.10.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 520 to 451 and 106 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 10.28% to 14.49.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was up 0.15% or 2.85 to $1,946.55 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in July rose 1.34% or 0.96 to hit $72.79 a barrel, while the July Brent oil contract rose 1.01% or 0.77 to trade at $77.03 a barrel.

CAD/USD was unchanged 0.19% to 0.73, while CAD/EUR unchanged 0.18% to 0.68.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.04% at 104.14.

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