Canada stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.22%

11/01/2019 21:25:00 Stock Market

Canada stocks were higher after the close on Friday, as gains in the Healthcare, Real Estate and REITs sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite rose 0.22% to hit a new 1-month high.

The best performers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Aurora Cannabis Inc (TO:ACB), which rose 7.65% or 0.60 points to trade at 8.44 at the close. Meanwhile, Cogeco Communications Inc (TO:CCA) added 7.52% or 5.16 points to end at 73.79 and Aphria Inc (TO:APHA) was up 5.40% or 0.470 points to 9.180 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were NexGen Energy Ltd. (TO:NXE), which fell 4.98% or 0.130 points to trade at 2.480 at the close. Seven Generations Energy Ltd (TO:VII) declined 4.86% or 0.55 points to end at 10.77 and New Gold Inc (TO:NGD) was down 4.67% or 0.070 points to 1.430.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Toronto Stock Exchange by 617 to 476 and 125 ended unchanged.

The S&P/TSX 60 VIX, which measures the implied volatility of S&P/TSX Composite options, was down 2.99% to 17.86 a new 1-month low.

Gold Futures for February delivery was up 0.09% or 1.20 to $1288.60 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in February fell 1.69% or 0.89 to hit $51.70 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract fell 1.82% or 1.12 to trade at $60.56 a barrel.

CAD/USD was down 0.22% to 0.7538, while CAD/EUR rose 0.13% to 0.6576.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.16% at 95.268.