Canada shares lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 0.70%

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Canada shares lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 0.70%
Credit: © Reuters. – 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 lost 0.70%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were NexGen Energy Ltd. (TSX: NXE ), which rose 7.09% or 0.420 points to trade at 6.340 at the close. Denison Mines Corp (TSX: DML ) added 6.38% or 0.12 points to end at 2.00 and Cameco Corp (TSX: CCO ) was up 3.00% or 0.90 points to 30.91 in late trade.

Biggest losers included H&R Real Estate Investment Trust (TSX: HR_u ), which lost 19.63% or 3.12 points to trade at 12.77 in late trade. Hut 8 Mining Corp (TSX: HUT ) declined 12.02% or 1.240 points to end at 9.080 and Docebo Inc (TSX: DCBO ) shed 11.73% or 9.47 points to 71.24.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 624 to 426 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 up 3.83% to 17.64.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was down 0.22% or 3.95 to $1810.65 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in February rose 0.36% or 0.28 to hit $77.27 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract rose 0.35% or 0.28 to trade at $80.28 a barrel.

CAD/USD was down 0.37% to 0.7839, while CAD/EUR fell 0.55% to 0.6931.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.08% at 96.200.

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