Canada shares lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 0.91%

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Canada shares lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 0.91%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Clean Technology , Healthcare and Materials sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite declined 0.91%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Gildan Activewear Inc. (TSX: GIL ), which rose 14.62% or 4.98 points to trade at 39.04 at the close. Altus Group Limited (TSX: AIF ) added 13.83% or 6.79 points to end at 55.88 and Maple Leaf Foods Inc . (TSX: MFI ) was up 7.20% or 1.71 points to 25.46 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Ballard Power Systems Inc (TSX: BLDP ), which lost 6.75% or 2.56 points to trade at 35.34 in late trade. Methanex Corporation (TSX: MX ) declined 6.38% or 3.31 points to end at 48.56 and Teck Resources Ltd B (TSX: TECKb ) shed 5.92% or 1.76 points to 27.98.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 693 to 406 and 77 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 April delivery was down 1.28% or 23.00 to $1774.90 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in April rose 0.57% or 0.36 to hit $63.58 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract rose 0.05% or 0.03 to trade at $66.21 a barrel.

CAD/USD was down 0.34% to 0.7964, while CAD/EUR fell 0.53% to 0.6534.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.10% at 90.078.

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