Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.79%

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Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.79%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Financials , Consumer Discretionary and Telecoms sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite gained 0.79% to hit a new 1-month high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Home Capital Group Inc . (TSX: HCG ), which rose 10.74% or 1.97 points to trade at 20.31 at the close. CAE Inc. (TSX: CAE ) added 8.32% or 1.64 points to end at 21.35 and Equitable Group Inc. (TSX: EQB ) was up 8.28% or 5.26 points to 68.76 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Real Matters Inc (TSX: REAL ), which lost 8.45% or 2.00 points to trade at 21.67 in late trade. Air Canada (TSX: AC ) declined 6.96% or 1.23 points to end at 16.44 and Sienna Senior Living Inc (TSX: SIA ) shed 5.04% or 0.56 points to 10.56.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 560 to 497 and 100 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 June delivery was up 0.38% or 6.40 to $1712.00 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in July fell 4.75% or 1.63 to hit $32.72 a barrel, while the July Brent oil contract fell 4.17% or 1.51 to trade at $34.66 a barrel.

CAD/USD was up 0.14% to 0.7266, while CAD/EUR fell 0.02% to 0.6605.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.11% at 99.015.

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