Canada shares lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 0.29%

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Canada shares lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 0.29%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were lower at the close on Friday, as losses in the Healthcare , IT and Financials sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite lost 0.29%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Advantage Oil & Gas Ltd. (TSX: AAV ), which rose 6.94% or 0.480 points to trade at 7.400 at the close. Stelco Holdings Inc (TSX: STLC ) added 5.68% or 2.21 points to end at 41.15 and Capstone Mining Corp (TSX: CS ) was up 2.74% or 0.15 points to 5.63 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Lightspeed Commerce Inc (TSX: LSPD ), which lost 4.53% or 2.43 points to trade at 51.21 in late trade. Docebo Inc (TSX: DCBO ) declined 3.22% or 2.84 points to end at 85.38 and Tilray Inc (TSX: TLRY ) shed 3.03% or 0.28 points to 8.97.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 547 to 440 and 121 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 43.82% to 21.63 a new 3-month high.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was up 0.84% or 15.25 to $1829.35 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in February fell 1.94% or 1.49 to hit $75.50 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract fell 2.10% or 1.67 to trade at $77.86 a barrel.

CAD/USD was up 0.85% to 0.7914, while CAD/EUR rose 0.31% to 0.6950.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.38% at 95.595.

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