Canada shares lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 0.27%

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Canada shares lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 0.27%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Healthcare , Consumer Discretionary and Consumer Staples sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite fell 0.27% to hit a new 6-month low.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Exchange Income Corporation (TSX: EIF ), which rose 10.23% or 3.97 points to trade at 42.76 at the close. Bausch Health Companies Inc (TSX: BHC ) added 7.69% or 0.94 points to end at 13.17 and Endeavour Silver Corp. (TSX: EDR ) was up 7.67% or 0.31 points to 4.35 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Aurora Cannabis Inc (TSX: ACB ), which lost 12.98% or 0.44 points to trade at 2.95 in late trade. Hut 8 Mining Corp (TSX: HUT ) declined 12.95% or 0.47 points to end at 3.16 and Dye & Durham Ltd (TSX: DND ) shed 9.48% or 1.38 points to 13.18.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 623 to 405 and 95 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 4.61% to 25.43.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was up 0.59% or 10.80 to $1,851.80 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in June rose 5.49% or 5.48 to hit $105.24 a barrel, while the July Brent oil contract rose 4.54% or 4.65 to trade at $107.11 a barrel.

CAD/USD was unchanged 0.25% to 0.77, while CAD/EUR unchanged 0.42% to 0.73.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.10% at 104.05.

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