Canada shares lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 0.47%

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Canada shares lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 0.47%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were lower at the close on Tuesday, as losses in the Consumer Discretionary , Materials and Energy sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite declined 0.47%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates Ltd (TO: MAXR ), which rose 5.72% or 1.20 points to trade at 22.19 at the close. Dorel Industries Inc (TO: DIIb ) added 3.11% or 0.57 points to end at 18.90 and Precision Drilling Corporation (TO: PD ) was up 2.80% or 0.09 points to 3.31 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Ensign Energy Services Inc (TO: ESI ), which lost 9.27% or 0.48 points to trade at 4.70 in late trade. Interfor Corp (TO: IFP ) declined 6.40% or 1.01 points to end at 14.76 and Seven Generations Energy Ltd (TO: VII ) shed 5.91% or 0.63 points to 10.03.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 672 to 464 and 110 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 10.94% to 17.55.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was down 0.64% or 7.90 to $1220.80 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in January rose 0.50% or 0.26 to hit $51.89 a barrel, while the February Brent oil contract rose 0.35% or 0.21 to trade at $60.77 a barrel.

CAD/USD was down 0.34% to 0.7521, while CAD/EUR fell 0.04% to 0.6659.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.30% at 97.268.

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