Canada shares lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 0.73%

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Canada shares lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 0.73%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Energy , Real Estate and Healthcare sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite lost 0.73%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Ballard Power Systems Inc (TSX: BLDP ), which rose 16.51% or 2.75 points to trade at 19.41 at the close. OceanaGold Corporation (TSX: OGC ) added 8.24% or 0.230 points to end at 3.020 and NovaGold Resources Inc (TSX: NG ) was up 7.26% or 0.82 points to 12.12 in late trade.

Biggest losers included MTY Food Group Inc (TSX: MTY ), which lost 10.12% or 3.57 points to trade at 31.69 in late trade. ShawCor Ltd . (TSX: SCL ) declined 8.90% or 0.38 points to end at 3.89 and Bombardier Inc (TSX: BBDb ) shed 7.94% or 0.050 points to 0.580.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 707 to 365 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 unchanged 0% to 11.27.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was up 1.34% or 23.10 to $1745.00 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in July rose 0.10% or 0.04 to hit $38.98 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract fell 0.05% or 0.02 to trade at $41.16 a barrel.

CAD/USD was up 0.08% to 0.7458, while CAD/EUR fell 0.18% to 0.6560.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.20% at 96.130.

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