Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 1.12%

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Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 1.12%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Healthcare , Consumer Discretionary and IT sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite rose 1.12% to hit a new 1-month high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were BRP Inc (TSX: DOO ), which rose 10.70% or 3.04 points to trade at 31.45 at the close. Interfor Corp (TSX: IFP ) added 8.66% or 0.57 points to end at 7.15 and First Quantum Minerals Ltd . (TSX: FM ) was up 8.23% or 0.65 points to 8.55 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Secure Energy Services Inc . (TSX: SES ), which lost 8.26% or 0.10 points to trade at 1.11 in late trade. Frontera Energy Corp (TSX: FEC ) declined 8.14% or 0.36 points to end at 4.06 and Vermilion Energy Inc . (TSX: VET ) shed 6.82% or 0.38 points to 5.19.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 643 to 384 and 107 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 down 0.21% or 3.65 to $1741.75 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in June rose 4.00% or 0.66 to hit $17.16 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract rose 2.39% or 0.51 to trade at $21.84 a barrel.

CAD/USD was down 0.06% to 0.7100, while CAD/EUR fell 0.37% to 0.6566.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.22% at 100.315.

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