Canada shares lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 0.53%

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Canada shares lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 0.53%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were lower at the close on Tuesday, as losses in the IT , Energy and Financials sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite lost 0.53%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Home Capital Group Inc . (TO: HCG ), which rose 29.72% or 2.03 points to trade at 8.86 at the close. Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc (TO: VRX ) added 24.10% or 3.22 points to end at 16.58 and Semafo Inc . (TO: SMF ) was up 5.36% or 0.15 points to 2.95 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Open Text Corp (TO: OTEX ), which lost 5.31% or 2.53 points to trade at 45.13 in late trade. Ensign Energy Services Inc (TO: ESI ) declined 4.60% or 0.36 points to end at 7.47 and Canopy Growth Corp (TO: WEED ) shed 4.49% or 0.390 points to 8.300.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 576 to 568 and 124 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 5.07% to 12.85.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was down 0.43% or 5.30 to $1221.80 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in June fell 0.97% or 0.45 to hit $45.98 a barrel, while the July Brent oil contract fell 1.11% or 0.55 to trade at $48.79 a barrel.

CAD/USD was down 0.29% to 0.7283, while CAD/EUR rose 0.15% to 0.6696.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.41% at 99.44.

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