Canada shares lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 0.23%

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Canada shares lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 0.23%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Healthcare , IT and Materials sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite declined 0.23% to hit a new 1-month low.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Stelco Holdings Inc (TSX: STLC ), which rose 7.90% or 2.62 points to trade at 35.80 at the close. Methanex Corporation (TSX: MX ) added 6.29% or 3.51 points to end at 59.28 and Celestica Inc. (TSX: CLS ) was up 5.50% or 0.76 points to 14.66 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Hut 8 Mining Corp (TSX: HUT ), which lost 10.38% or 0.760 points to trade at 6.560 in late trade. Endeavour Silver Corp. (TSX: EDR ) declined 7.02% or 0.340 points to end at 4.500 and SilverCrest Metals Inc (TSX: SIL ) shed 6.48% or 0.65 points to 9.38.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 647 to 396 and 98 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 up 8.55% to 27.92 a new 5-year high.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was down 2.04% or 37.35 to $1792.35 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in March fell 1.04% or 0.91 to hit $86.44 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract fell 0.77% or 0.68 to trade at $88.06 a barrel.

CAD/USD was down 0.57% to 0.7847, while CAD/EUR rose 0.29% to 0.7042.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.88% at 97.245.

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