Canada shares lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 0.40%

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Canada shares lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 0.40%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Consumer Discretionary , Materials and Consumer Staples sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite lost 0.40%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Richelieu Hardware Ltd. (TSX: RCH ), which rose 8.13% or 3.63 points to trade at 48.29 at the close. WELL Health Technologies Corp (TSX: WELL ) added 7.83% or 0.300 points to end at 4.130 and Osisko Mining Corp (TSX: OSK ) was up 4.63% or 0.19 points to 4.29 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Stelco Holdings Inc (TSX: STLC ), which lost 5.90% or 2.11 points to trade at 33.64 in late trade. Badger Infrastructure Solutions Ltd (TSX: BDGI ) declined 4.51% or 1.35 points to end at 28.61 and OceanaGold Corporation (TSX: OGC ) shed 3.90% or 0.080 points to 1.970.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 584 to 446 and 120 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 1.66% to 18.91.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was down 0.20% or 3.60 to $1839.60 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in March fell 0.97% or 0.83 to hit $84.97 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract fell 0.83% or 0.73 to trade at $87.71 a barrel.

CAD/USD was up 0.27% to 0.8011, while CAD/EUR rose 0.49% to 0.7078.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.21% at 95.703.

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