Canada shares lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 1.91%

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Canada shares lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 1.91%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Healthcare , Clean Technology and Materials sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite declined 1.91% to hit a new 3-month low.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Pason Systems Inc . (TSX: PSI ), which rose 3.64% or 0.44 points to trade at 12.53 at the close. Stantec Inc (TSX: STN ) added 3.40% or 1.33 points to end at 40.43 and Bombardier Inc (TSX: BBDb ) was up 3.39% or 0.040 points to 1.220 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Ballard Power Systems Inc (TSX: BLDP ), which lost 12.56% or 1.76 points to trade at 12.25 in late trade. Yamana Gold Inc (TSX: YRI ) declined 9.55% or 0.57 points to end at 5.40 and Eldorado Gold Corp (TSX: ELD ) shed 8.78% or 1.26 points to 13.09.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 979 to 138 and 79 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 0.19% or 3.10 to $1640.00 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in April fell 4.97% or 2.42 to hit $46.31 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract fell 3.58% or 1.89 to trade at $50.92 a barrel.

CAD/USD was down 0.41% to 0.7470, while CAD/EUR fell 1.39% to 0.6795.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.54% at 98.405.

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