Investing.com – Canada stocks were higher after the close on Tuesday, as gains in the IT, Materials and REITs sectors led shares higher.
At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite rose 0.44%.
The best performers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Aphria Inc (TO:APHA), which rose 7.79% or 0.570 points to trade at 7.890 at the close. Meanwhile, Alamos Gold Inc (TO:AGI) added 7.67% or 0.33 points to end at 4.63 and Martinrea International Inc . (TO:MRE) was up 6.95% or 0.66 points to 10.15 in late trade.
The worst performers of the session were Baytex Energy Corp (TO:BTE), which fell 9.09% or 0.20 points to trade at 2.00 at the close. Tamarack Valley Energy Ltd (TO:TVE) declined 7.07% or 0.140 points to end at 1.840 and Whitecap Resources Inc . (TO:WCP) was down 6.76% or 0.28 points to 3.86.
Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Toronto Stock Exchange by 668 to 489 and 99 ended unchanged.
Shares in Baytex Energy Corp (TO:BTE) fell to 52-week lows; down 9.09% or 0.20 to 2.00. Shares in Tamarack Valley Energy Ltd (TO:TVE) fell to 5-year lows; down 7.07% or 0.140 to 1.840. Shares in Whitecap Resources Inc. (TO:WCP) fell to 5-year lows; down 6.76% or 0.28 to 3.86.
The S&P/TSX 60 VIX, which measures the implied volatility of S&P/TSX Composite options, was down 4.46% to 20.55.
Gold Futures for February delivery was up 0.12% or 1.55 to $1253.35 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in February fell 7.15% or 3.59 to hit $46.61 a barrel, while the February Brent oil contract fell 5.40% or 3.22 to trade at $56.39 a barrel.
CAD/USD was down 0.30% to 0.7431, while CAD/EUR fell 0.49% to 0.6540.
The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.05% at 96.502.