Canada shares lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 0.77%

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Canada shares lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 0.77%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were lower at the close on Friday, as losses in the Industrials , Financials and Energy sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite lost 0.77%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Wesdome Gold Mines Ltd. (TSX: WDO ), which rose 9.88% or 0.66 points to trade at 7.34 at the close. Equinox Gold Corp (TSX: EQX ) added 9.70% or 0.55 points to end at 6.22 and Dundee Precious Metals Inc (TSX: DPM ) was up 8.44% or 0.77 points to 9.89 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Precision Drilling Corporation (TSX: PD ), which lost 5.89% or 3.89 points to trade at 62.15 in late trade. Athabasca Oil Corp (TSX: ATH ) declined 5.07% or 0.15 points to end at 2.81 and Pason Systems Inc . (TSX: PSI ) shed 5.07% or 0.61 points to 11.41.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 559 to 391 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 7.39% to 19.62.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was up 3.68% or 70.70 to $1,993.70 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in April fell 2.94% or 2.01 to hit $66.34 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract fell 2.66% or 1.99 to trade at $72.71 a barrel.

CAD/USD was unchanged 0.05% to 0.73, while CAD/EUR unchanged 0.60% to 0.68.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.55% at 103.52.

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