Canada Stocks Increase at Close of Trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.41%

After the close on Monday, Canada stocks increased as gains in the Healthcare, Materials and Clean Technology sectors led shares to surge.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite increased 0.41%.

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After the close on Monday, Canada stocks increased as gains in the Healthcare, Materials and Clean Technology sectors led shares to surge.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite increased 0.41%.

The top performers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Canopy Growth Corp (TO:WEED), which increased 11.13% or 1.100 points to trade at 10.980 at the close. In the meantime,NuVista Energy Ltd . (TO:NVA) added 5.07% or 0.290 points to end at 6.010 and Birchcliff Energy Ltd . (TO:BIR) increased 4.81% or 0.34 points to 7.41 in late trade.

Increasing stocks outnumbered decreasing ones on the Toronto Stock Exchange by 629 to 555 and 124 ended unaffected.

The poorest performers of the session were Sierra Wireless Inc . (TO:SW), which declines 6.63% or 2.63 points to trade at 37.06 at the close. HudBay Minerals Inc. (TO:HBM) dropped 4.07% or 0.38 points to end at 8.95 and Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. (TO:IVN) was down 2.35% or 0.110 points to 4.580.

The S&P/TSX 60 VIX, which gauges  the implied volatility of S&P/TSX Composite options,declined  6.99% to 11.31 a new 1-month low.

Delivery  of gold futures for  April increased 0.44% or 5.50 to $1254.00 a troy ounce.

Somewhere else in commodities trading,  delivery of crude oil in May decline 0.40% or 0.19 to hit $47.78 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract declined 0.02% or 0.01 to trade at $50.91 a barrel.

CAD/USD  declined 0.01% to 0.7473, while CAD/EUR drop 0.64% to 0.6879.

The US Dollar Index Futures declined 0.57% at 99.02.

On Additional News

After  the close on Tuesday, Australia stocks increased as gains in the Financials, IT and Consumer Discretionary sectors led shares to increase.

At the close in Australia, the S&P/ASX 200 increased 1.30% to reach a new 52-week high.

The top performers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Mantra Group Ltd (AX:MTR), which increased 12.26% or 0.320 points to trade at 2.930 at the close. In the meantime,Ardent Leisure Group (AX:AAD) added 11.04% or 0.180 points to end at 1.810 and Aconex Ltd (AX:ACX) increased 8.16% or 0.280 points to 3.710 in late trade.

The poorest performers of the session were Myer Holdings Ltd (AX:MYR), which declines 5.16% or 0.065 points to trade at 1.195 at the close. Isentia Group Ltd (AX:ISD) dropped 3.31% or 0.050 points to end at 1.460 and Resolute Mining Ltd (AX:RSG) declined 2.93% or 0.040 points to 1.325.

Increasing  stocks outnumbered decreasing ones on the Australia Stock Exchange by 615 to 454 and 343 ended unmoved.

The S&P/ASX 200 VIX, which gauges the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, declined 2.98% to 12.271.

Delivery of gold futures for April declined 0.19% or 2.35 to $1253.35 a troy ounce.

Somewhere else in commodities trading, delivery of crude oil in May increased 0.59% or 0.28 to hit $48.01 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract increased 0.49% or 0.25 to trade at $51.15 a barrel.

AUD/USD declined 0.09% to 0.7610, while AUD/JPY fell 0.12% to 84.19.

The US Dollar Index Futures were unmoved 0.00% in 99.03.

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