Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.03%

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Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.03%
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Investing.com – Canada equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Consumer Staples , IT and Materials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite rose 0.03%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Klondex Mines Ltd (TO: KDX ), which rose 6.49% or 0.120 points to trade at 1.970 at the close. Mitel Networks Corporation (TO: MNW ) added 5.77% or 0.65 points to end at 11.92 and Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc (TO: VRX ) was up 5.37% or 1.12 points to 21.98 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Stella-Jones Inc. (TO: SJ ), which lost 6.15% or 2.91 points to trade at 44.39 in late trade. Hudson's Bay Company (TO: HBC ) declined 4.64% or 0.45 points to end at 9.24 and Yamana Gold Inc (TO: YRI ) shed 3.92% or 0.14 points to 3.43.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 585 to 530 and 134 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 0.81% to 12.26 a new 1-month low.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was down 0.13% or 1.70 to $1325.40 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in April rose 0.33% or 0.20 to hit $60.91 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract rose 0.28% or 0.18 to trade at $64.82 a barrel.

CAD/USD was up 0.05% to 0.7717, while CAD/EUR rose 0.19% to 0.6241.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.06% at 89.75.

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