Canada shares lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 0.05%

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Canada shares lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 0.05%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Materials , Healthcare and Energy sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite declined 0.05% to hit a new 1-month low.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Badger Daylighting Ltd . (TO: BAD ), which rose 12.56% or 2.90 points to trade at 25.99 at the close. Element Fleet Management Corp (TO: EFN ) added 3.89% or 0.15 points to end at 4.01 and Chorus Aviation Inc (TO: CHR ) was up 3.69% or 0.290 points to 8.140 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. (TO: IVN ), which lost 7.94% or 0.220 points to trade at 2.550 in late trade. Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd. (TO: TRQ ) declined 7.14% or 0.300 points to end at 3.900 and First Quantum Minerals Ltd . (TO: FM ) shed 7.03% or 1.26 points to 16.67.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 575 to 555 and 90 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 0.92% to 14.25.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was down 1.28% or 17.20 to $1324.80 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in May fell 0.93% or 0.61 to hit $64.64 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract fell 0.75% or 0.52 to trade at $68.94 a barrel.

CAD/USD was down 0.27% to 0.7736, while CAD/EUR rose 0.46% to 0.6285.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.89% at 89.75.

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