Canada shares lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 0.88%

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Canada shares lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 0.88%
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Investing.com – Canada equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Healthcare , Energy and Materials sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite lost 0.88%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Mullen Group Ltd . (TSX: MTL ), which rose 7.82% or 0.63 points to trade at 8.69 at the close. FirstService Corp (TSX: FSV ) added 7.00% or 9.93 points to end at 151.77 and Teck Resources Ltd B (TSX: TECKb ) was up 6.89% or 1.00 points to 15.51 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Inc (TSX: AUP ), which lost 16.20% or 3.61 points to trade at 18.67 in late trade. Ballard Power Systems Inc (TSX: BLDP ) declined 9.97% or 2.43 points to end at 21.95 and First Majestic Silver Corp. (TSX: FR ) shed 5.05% or 0.95 points to 17.88.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 621 to 387 and 128 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 unchanged 0% to 11.27.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was up 0.90% or 16.70 to $1881.80 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in September fell 2.10% or 0.88 to hit $41.02 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract fell 2.24% or 0.99 to trade at $43.30 a barrel.

CAD/USD was up 0.03% to 0.7454, while CAD/EUR fell 0.15% to 0.6431.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.17% at 94.773.

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