TSX Hits Fresh Closing High

(RTTNews) - The Canadian benchmark S&P/TSX Composite Index extended its record breaking run to yet another session, thanks to positive reaction to the economic data from the U.S. and China.

The index ended up 74.25 points, or 0.42%, at 17,559.02, after hitting a fresh record high at 17,572.15.

Healthcare and consumer discretionary shares were among the prominent gainers. A few top shares from utilities, telecommunications, financial, information technology, real estate and industrial sections too posted sharp gains. Energy stocks were weak while materials and consumer staples shares were a bit subdued.

Ballard Power Systems (BLDP.TO) soared more than 9% on strong volumes. First Quantum Minerals (FM.TO) gained 3.1%, Canopy Growth Corporation (WEED.TO) advanced nearly 3% and Aphria (APHA.TO) gained 1.6%.

Manulife Financial Corporation (MFC.TO), up 1.3%, was another stock to move higher on impressive volumes.
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