Canada shares lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 2.24%

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Canada shares lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 2.24%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were lower at the close on Friday, as losses in the Energy , Healthcare and IT sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite fell 2.24%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Cargojet Inc (TSX: CJT ), which rose 1.34% or 2.33 points to trade at 176.34 at the close. Docebo Inc (TSX: DCBO ) added 1.23% or 1.12 points to end at 91.89 and Northland Power Inc . (TSX: NPI ) was up 0.81% or 0.32 points to 39.05 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Air Canada (TSX: AC ), which lost 9.05% or 2.11 points to trade at 21.21 in late trade. MEG Energy Corp (TSX: MEG ) declined 8.69% or 1.04 points to end at 10.93 and Crescent Point Energy Corp . (TSX: CPG ) shed 8.10% or 0.50 points to 5.67.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 988 to 131 and 71 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 41.70% to 17.16.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.40% or 7.10 to $1791.40 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in January fell 13.04% or 10.22 to hit $68.17 a barrel, while the January Brent oil contract fell 11.32% or 9.31 to trade at $72.91 a barrel.

CAD/USD was down 0.84% to 0.7837, while CAD/EUR fell 1.78% to 0.6925.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.82% at 96.078.

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