Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.01%

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Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.01%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Consumer Staples , Healthcare and Utilities sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite added 0.01% to hit a new 3-month high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Enghouse Systems Ltd (TO: ENGH ), which rose 8.14% or 5.66 points to trade at 75.21 at the close. Transcontinental Inc (TO: TCLa ) added 5.34% or 1.57 points to end at 30.97 and Dollarama Inc (TO: DOL ) was up 3.53% or 5.16 points to 151.19 in late trade.

Biggest losers included NuVista Energy Ltd . (TO: NVA ), which lost 4.56% or 0.430 points to trade at 9.010 in late trade. Birchcliff Energy Ltd . (TO: BIR ) declined 4.19% or 0.20 points to end at 4.57 and Aurora Cannabis Inc (TO: ACB ) shed 4.05% or 0.390 points to 9.250.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 546 to 505 and 149 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 1.26% to 12.58.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was unchanged 0.00% or 0.00 to $1303.00 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in July fell 0.50% or 0.33 to hit $65.62 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract fell 1.19% or 0.92 to trade at $76.40 a barrel.

CAD/USD was up 0.34% to 0.7735, while CAD/EUR rose 0.58% to 0.6572.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.12% at 93.54.

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