Canada shares lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 2.22%

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Canada shares lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 2.22%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were lower at the close on Tuesday, as losses in the IT , Consumer Discretionary and Healthcare sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite declined 2.22% to hit a new 1-month low.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Northland Power Inc . (TSX: NPI ), which rose 0.61% or 0.20 points to trade at 32.78 at the close. Thomson Reuters Corp (TSX: TRI ) added 0.56% or 0.60 points to end at 107.20 and Transcontinental Inc (TSX: TCLa ) was up 0.48% or 0.08 points to 16.68 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Secure Energy Services Inc . (TSX: SES ), which lost 17.49% or 0.78 points to trade at 3.68 in late trade. Equitable Group Inc. (TSX: EQB ) declined 7.65% or 8.03 points to end at 97.00 and Interfor Corp (TSX: IFP ) shed 6.83% or 1.00 points to 13.64.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 999 to 117 and 83 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 2.35% or 39.45 to $1637.15 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in April fell 3.15% or 1.62 to hit $49.81 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract fell 3.01% or 1.68 to trade at $54.09 a barrel.

CAD/USD was up 0.07% to 0.7527, while CAD/EUR fell 0.18% to 0.6915.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.38% at 98.903.

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