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Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.87%

Published 21/03/2022, 20:25
© Reuters.  Canada shares higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.87%

Investing.com – Canada equities were higher at the close on Monday, as gains in the Energy, Materials and Utilities sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite rose 0.87% to hit a new all time high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Lithium Americas Corp (TSX:LAC), which rose 8.12% or 2.86 points to trade at 38.10 at the close. Vermilion Energy Inc . (TSX:VET) added 7.46% or 1.87 points to end at 26.95 and Advantage Oil & Gas Ltd. (TSX:AAV) was up 7.16% or 0.53 points to 7.93 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Badger Infrastructure Solutions Ltd (TSX:BDGI), which lost 7.27% or 2.18 points to trade at 27.79 in late trade. West Fraser Timber Co Ltd (TSX:WFG) declined 7.11% or 8.85 points to end at 115.55 and WELL Health Technologies Corp (TSX:WELL) shed 5.51% or 0.27 points to 4.63.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 554 to 497 and 93 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 23.33% to 17.92.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was up 0.33% or 6.35 to $1,935.65 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in May rose 7.16% or 7.38 to hit $110.47 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract rose 7.63% or 8.24 to trade at $116.17 a barrel.

CAD/USD was unchanged 0.08% to 0.79, while CAD/EUR unchanged 0.48% to 0.72.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.29% at 98.51.

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