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Canada stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.52%

 Canada stocks were higher after the close on Friday, as gains in the EnergyHealthcare and IT sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite gained 0.52% to hit a new 6-months high.

The best performers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Baytex EnergyCorp (TO:BTE), which rose 7.66% or 0.17 points to trade at 2.39 at the close. Meanwhile, Crescent Point Energy Corp . (TO:CPG) added 7.23% or 0.30 points to end at 4.45 and TORC Oil & Gas Ltd. (TO:TOG) was up 5.29% or 0.24 points to 4.78 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd. (TO:TRQ), which fell 4.24% or 0.100 points to trade at 2.260 at the close. Great Canadian Gaming Corporation (TO:GC) declined 2.61% or 1.32 points to end at 49.28 andWestJet Airlines Ltd (TO:WJA) was down 2.09% or 0.41 points to 19.19.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Toronto Stock Exchange by 669 to 383 and 131 ended unchanged.

The S&P/TSX 60 VIX, which measures the implied volatility of S&P/TSX Composite options, was down 4.66% to 11.87.

Gold Futures for June delivery was up 0.12% or 1.50 to $1295.80 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in May rose 1.88% or 1.17 to hit $63.27 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract rose 1.46% or 1.01 to trade at $70.41 a barrel.

CAD/USD was down 0.16% to 0.7472, while CAD/EUR fell 0.24% to 0.6653.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.08% at 96.998.

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