Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.46%

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Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.46%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the IT , Industrials and Healthcare sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite added 0.46%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Intertape Polymer Group Inc . (TO: ITP ), which rose 8.50% or 1.70 points to trade at 21.71 at the close. Linamar Corporation (TO: LNR ) added 8.44% or 5.74 points to end at 73.75 and Dorel Industries Inc (TO: DIIb ) was up 6.60% or 1.89 points to 30.54 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Paramount Resources Ltd . (TO: POU ), which lost 5.51% or 0.99 points to trade at 16.99 in late trade. Great Canadian Gaming Corporation (TO: GC ) declined 5.19% or 1.98 points to end at 36.17 and Cominar Real Estate Investment Trust (TO: CUF_u ) shed 5.16% or 0.71 points to 13.05.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 637 to 444 and 130 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 3.30% to 14.66 a new 1-month low.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was down 0.38% or 5.00 to $1322.60 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in April fell 1.39% or 0.85 to hit $60.30 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract fell 0.78% or 0.50 to trade at $63.84 a barrel.

CAD/USD was up 0.10% to 0.7753, while CAD/EUR rose 0.91% to 0.6297.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.61% at 90.11.

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