Canada shares lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 0.21%

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Canada shares lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 0.21%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were lower at the close on Friday, as losses in the Healthcare , Materials and Energy sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite declined 0.21%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Converge Technology Solutions Corp (TSX: CTS ), which rose 4.44% or 0.24 points to trade at 5.64 at the close. Aritzia Inc (TSX: ATZ ) added 4.17% or 1.51 points to end at 37.70 and Park Lawn Corp (TSX: PLC ) was up 3.43% or 1.14 points to 34.39 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Capstone Mining Corp (TSX: CS ), which lost 10.22% or 0.33 points to trade at 2.90 in late trade. HudBay Minerals Inc (TSX: HBM ) declined 7.63% or 0.40 points to end at 4.84 and First Quantum Minerals Ltd . (TSX: FM ) shed 6.40% or 1.71 points to 25.00.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 484 to 482 and 100 ended unchanged on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

The S&P/TSX 60 VIX , which measures the implied volatility of S&P/TSX Composite options, was down 9.77% to 20.13.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was up 0.03% or 0.50 to $1,740.20 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in August rose 2.07% or 2.13 to hit $104.86 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract rose 2.40% or 2.51 to trade at $107.16 a barrel.

CAD/USD was unchanged 0.14% to 0.77, while CAD/EUR unchanged 0.04% to 0.76.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.18% at 106.76.

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