Canada stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.10% – Canada stocks were higher after the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Consumer Discretionary, Utilities and Clean Technology sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite added 0.10% to hit a new 6-months high.

The best performers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Hudson’s Bay Company (TO:HBC), which rose 5.84% or 0.44 points to trade at 7.98 at the close. Meanwhile, Boyd Group Income Fund (TO:BYD_u) added 3.68% or 5.27 points to end at 148.32 and Eldorado Gold Corp (TO:ELD) was up 3.20% or 0.19 points to 6.12 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Tricon Capital Group Inc (TO:TCN), which fell 5.79% or 0.67 points to trade at 10.91 at the close. Torex Gold Resources Inc (TO:TXG) declined 5.46% or 0.920 points to end at 15.920 and Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. (TO:IVN) was down 5.14% or 0.170 points to 3.140.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Toronto Stock Exchange by 543 to 497 and 135 ended unchanged.

Shares in Boyd Group Income Fund (TO:BYD_u) rose to all time highs; rising 3.68% or 5.27 to 148.32.

The S&P/TSX 60 VIX, which measures the implied volatility of S&P/TSX Composite options, was up 2.41% to 12.77.

Gold Futures for June delivery was down 0.09% or 1.15 to $1294.25 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in May fell 0.16% or 0.10 to hit $62.48 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract rose 0.04% or 0.03 to trade at $69.52 a barrel.

CAD/USD was up 0.02% to 0.7493, while CAD/EUR unchanged 0.00% to 0.6669.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.23% at 96.703.