Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.81%

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Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.81%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Healthcare , IT and Consumer Discretionary sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite added 0.81%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Aphria Inc (TO: APH ), which rose 17.88% or 2.380 points to trade at 15.690 at the close. Aurora Cannabis Inc (TO: ACB ) added 12.17% or 0.970 points to end at 8.940 and First Quantum Minerals Ltd . (TO: FM ) was up 12.02% or 1.41 points to 13.14 in late trade.

Biggest losers included MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates Ltd (TO: MAXR ), which lost 44.55% or 15.81 points to trade at 19.68 in late trade. B2Gold Corp (TO: BTO ) declined 5.52% or 0.190 points to end at 3.250 and Dollarama Inc (TO: DOL ) shed 5.31% or 2.04 points to 36.41.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 842 to 320 and 91 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 3.70% to 19.24.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.42% or 5.10 to $1217.50 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in December fell 1.99% or 1.32 to hit $64.86 a barrel, while the January Brent oil contract fell 1.71% or 1.30 to trade at $74.61 a barrel.

CAD/USD was down 0.34% to 0.7601, while CAD/EUR fell 0.13% to 0.6714.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.06% at 96.85.

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