Canada shares lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 0.31%

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Canada shares lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 0.31%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Healthcare , Materials and Energy sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite fell 0.31% to hit a new 1-month low.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd. (TSX: TRQ ), which rose 5.75% or 1.27 points to trade at 23.37 at the close. Boyd Group Income Fund (TSX: BYD ) added 5.00% or 8.79 points to end at 184.61 and Superior Plus Corp (TSX: SPB ) was up 4.00% or 0.49 points to 12.75 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Equinox Gold Corp (TSX: EQX ), which lost 9.50% or 0.79 points to trade at 7.53 in late trade. Sprott Inc . (TSX: SII ) declined 6.81% or 3.20 points to end at 43.78 and New Gold Inc (TSX: NGD ) shed 5.99% or 0.130 points to 2.040.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 522 to 509 and 97 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 2.87% to 23.29.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was down 1.88% or 34.80 to $1817.70 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in March rose 0.89% or 0.76 to hit $86.36 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract rose 0.76% or 0.66 to trade at $87.84 a barrel.

CAD/USD was down 0.41% to 0.7884, while CAD/EUR rose 0.11% to 0.7012.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.59% at 96.490.

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