Canada stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.16%

Aug 08, 2018

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

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite rose 0.16%.

The best performers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Altus Group Limited (TO:AIF), which rose 11.02% or 3.140 points to trade at 31.640 at the close. Meanwhile, MEG Energy Corp (TO:MEG) added 5.83% or 0.48 points to end at 8.72 and Canopy Growth Corp (TO:WEED) was up 4.52% or 1.550 points to 35.810 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Magna International Inc (TO:MG), which fell 7.97% or 6.13 points to trade at 70.75 at the close. Semafo Inc . (TO:SMF) declined 6.69% or 0.24 points to end at 3.35 and Linamar Corporation (TO:LNR) was down 6.31% or 3.65 points to 54.17.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Toronto Stock Exchange by 545 to 514 and 134 ended unchanged.

Shares in Linamar Corporation (TO:LNR) fell to 52-week lows; losing 6.31% or 3.65 to 54.17.

The S&P/TSX 60 VIX, which measures the implied volatility of S&P/TSX Composite options, was down 3.49% to 12.71.

Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.28% or 3.40 to $1221.70 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in September fell 3.46% or 2.39 to hit $66.78 a barrel, while the October Brent oil contract fell 3.30% or 2.46 to trade at $72.19 a barrel.

CAD/USD was up 0.26% to 0.7681, while CAD/EUR rose 0.14% to 0.6613.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.08% at 94.92.