Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.22%

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Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.22%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were higher at the close on Tuesday, as gains in the Consumer Staples , Telecoms and Materials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite gained 0.22% to hit a new 6-month high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Kirkland Lake Gold Ltd (TO: KL ), which rose 5.00% or 1.970 points to trade at 41.400 at the close. Uni-Select Inc. (TO: UNS ) added 4.46% or 0.65 points to end at 15.24 and Torex Gold Resources Inc (TO: TXG ) was up 4.34% or 0.700 points to 16.840 in late trade.

Biggest losers included BRP Inc (TO: DOO ), which lost 3.87% or 1.50 points to trade at 37.27 in late trade. Brookfield Business Partners LP (TO: BBU_u ) declined 3.69% or 1.95 points to end at 50.87 and CannTrust Holdings Inc (TO: TRST ) shed 3.56% or 0.3800 points to 10.2800.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 543 to 513 and 141 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 1.66% to 12.47.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was up 0.20% or 2.60 to $1296.80 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in May rose 1.57% or 0.97 to hit $62.56 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract rose 0.12% or 0.08 to trade at $69.55 a barrel.

CAD/USD was up 0.04% to 0.7500, while CAD/EUR rose 0.04% to 0.6692.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.05% at 96.852.

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