Canada stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.04%

Investing.com – Canada stocks were higher after the close on Monday, as gains in the Healthcare, IT and Consumer Discretionary sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite gained 0.04%.

The best performers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Home Capital Group Inc . (TO:HCG), which rose 7.02% or 1.10 points to trade at 16.77 at the close. Meanwhile, Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc (TO:VRX) added 6.06% or 1.14 points to end at 19.94 and DHX Media Ltd B (TO:DHXb) was up 4.59% or 0.18 points to 4.10 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Klondex Mines Ltd (TO:KDX), which fell 4.60% or 0.150 points to trade at 3.110 at the close. Detour Gold Corporation (TO:DGC) declined 4.10% or 0.57 points to end at 13.34 and Tahoe Resources Inc (TO:THO) was down 4.02% or 0.24 points to 5.73.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Toronto Stock Exchange by 589 to 543 and 118 ended unchanged.

The S&P/TSX 60 VIX, which measures the implied volatility of S&P/TSX Composite options, was down 28.11% to 9.36 a new 1-month low.

Gold Futures for December delivery was down 1.47% or 19.06 to $1277.44 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in January fell 0.55% or 0.31 to hit $56.40 a barrel, while the January Brent oil contract fell 0.89% or 0.56 to trade at $62.16 a barrel.

CAD/USD was down 0.37% to 0.7802, while CAD/EUR rose 0.11% to 0.6649.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.41% at 93.99.