Canada shares lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 0.87%

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Canada shares lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 0.87%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were lower at the close on Friday, as losses in the Materials , Energy and Financials sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite fell 0.87%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Aecon Group Inc . (TSX: ARE ), which rose 6.22% or 1.08 points to trade at 18.44 at the close. Canadian Western Bank (TSX: CWB ) added 5.94% or 1.86 points to end at 33.17 and Spin Master Corp (TSX: TOY ) was up 5.95% or 1.58 points to 28.14 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Centerra Gold Inc (TSX: CG ), which lost 9.75% or 1.31 points to trade at 12.12 in late trade. Eldorado Gold Corp (TSX: ELD ) declined 8.90% or 1.30 points to end at 13.31 and Pretium Resources Inc. (TSX: PVG ) shed 8.39% or 1.14 points to 12.44.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 745 to 354 and 60 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 April delivery was down 2.65% or 47.10 to $1728.30 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in April fell 2.33% or 1.48 to hit $62.05 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract fell 1.82% or 1.20 to trade at $64.91 a barrel.

CAD/USD was down 0.88% to 0.7865, while CAD/EUR fell 0.08% to 0.6510.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.80% at 90.858.

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