Canada shares lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 0.08%

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Canada shares lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 0.08% – Canada equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Healthcare , IT and Clean Technology sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite fell 0.08%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Laurentian Bank Of Canada (TSX: LB ), which rose 8.91% or 3.44 points to trade at 42.05 at the close. Stelco Holdings Inc (TSX: STLC ) added 7.97% or 3.13 points to end at 42.38 and CAE Inc. (TSX: CAE ) was up 7.69% or 2.43 points to 34.02 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Hut 8 Mining Corp (TSX: HUT ), which lost 11.31% or 0.37 points to trade at 2.90 in late trade. Lithium Americas Corp (TSX: LAC ) declined 7.91% or 2.45 points to end at 28.52 and Lion Electric Co (TSX: LEV ) shed 7.51% or 0.55 points to 6.77.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 566 to 449 and 97 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 down 6.23% to 18.36 a new 1-month low.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was up 0.08% or 1.55 to $1,849.95 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in July rose 0.15% or 0.17 to hit $114.84 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract rose 0.19% or 0.22 to trade at $115.82 a barrel.

CAD/USD was unchanged 0.04% to 0.79, while CAD/EUR rose 0.77% to 0.74.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.80% at 102.58.

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