Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.25%

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Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.25%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Energy , Healthcare and IT sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite gained 0.25%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were MEG Energy Corp (TO: MEG ), which rose 7.04% or 0.56 points to trade at 8.52 at the close. New Gold Inc (TO: NGD ) added 4.55% or 0.060 points to end at 1.380 and Precision Drilling Corporation (TO: PD ) was up 4.42% or 0.22 points to 5.20 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Cascades Inc . (TO: CAS ), which lost 3.58% or 0.49 points to trade at 13.21 in late trade. Element Fleet Management Corp (TO: EFN ) declined 3.32% or 0.23 points to end at 6.70 and Badger Daylighting Ltd . (TO: BAD ) shed 3.20% or 0.96 points to 29.03.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 608 to 473 and 135 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 1.04% to 13.29.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.23% or 2.80 to $1202.80 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in October rose 3.10% or 2.04 to hit $67.88 a barrel, while the October Brent oil contract rose 2.88% or 2.09 to trade at $74.72 a barrel.

CAD/USD was up 0.38% to 0.7700, while CAD/EUR rose 0.12% to 0.6634.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.16% at 94.98.

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