OTTAWA: Canada stocks were higher after the close on Thursday, as gains in the Industrials, Consumer Discretionary and IT sectors led shares higher. At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite added 0.47%. The best performers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Nevsun Resources Ltd . (TO:NSU), which rose 6.65% or 0.210 points to trade at 3.370 at the close. Meanwhile, Labrador Iron Ore Royalty Corp (TO:LIF) added 3.53% or 0.59 points to end at 17.29 and Martinrea International Inc . (TO:MRE) was up 3.15% or 0.30 points to 9.82 in late trade.
The worst performers of the session were Home Capital Group Inc . (TO:HCG), which fell 20.65% or 4.61 points to trade at 17.71 at the close. Mullen Group Ltd . (TO:MTL) declined 5.97% or 0.99 points to end at 15.59 and NuVista Energy Ltd . (TO:NVA) was down 5.13% or 0.350 points to 6.470. Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Toronto Stock Exchange by 660 to 460 and 147 ended unchanged. Shares in Home Capital Group Inc. (TO:HCG) fell to 5-year lows; losing 20.65% or 4.61 to 17.71.
The S&P/TSX 60 VIX, which measures the implied volatility of S&P/TSX Composite options, was down 4.93% to 13.70. Gold Futures for June delivery was down 0.03% or 0.40 to $1283.00 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in June fell 0.45% or 0.23 to hit $50.62 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract fell 0.04% or 0.02 to trade at $52.91 a barrel. CAD/USD was up 0.01% to 0.7422, while CAD/EUR rose 0.04% to 0.6926. The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.01% at 99.70.