Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.23%

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Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.23%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Telecoms , Consumer Discretionary and Consumer Staples sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite gained 0.23%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Element Fleet Management Corp (TO: EFN ), which rose 4.30% or 0.17 points to trade at 4.12 at the close. Brookfield Business Partners LP (TO: BBU_u ) added 3.94% or 1.87 points to end at 49.36 and Eldorado Gold Corporation (TO: ELD ) was up 3.51% or 0.04 points to 1.18 in late trade.

Biggest losers included ProMetic Life Sciences Inc. (TO: PLI ), which lost 6.85% or 0.050 points to trade at 0.680 in late trade. Torex Gold Resources Inc (TO: TXG ) declined 6.33% or 0.520 points to end at 7.700 and Aurora Cannabis Inc (TO: ACB ) shed 4.84% or 0.390 points to 7.660.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 615 to 482 and 132 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 up 0.39% to 15.56 a new 1-month high.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was down 0.04% or 0.50 to $1336.80 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in May rose 0.06% or 0.04 to hit $63.55 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract rose 0.15% or 0.10 to trade at $68.22 a barrel.

CAD/USD was up 0.29% to 0.7831, while CAD/EUR rose 0.24% to 0.6378.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.06% at 89.80.

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