Canada shares lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 1.01%

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Canada shares lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 1.01%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the IT , Healthcare and Clean Technology sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite declined 1.01%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Parex Resources Inc (TSX: PXT ), which rose 2.40% or 0.67 points to trade at 28.54 at the close. North West Company Inc (TSX: NWC ) added 1.99% or 0.70 points to end at 35.92 and Cenovus Energy Inc (TSX: CVE ) was up 1.89% or 0.37 points to 19.68 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Telus International Cda Inc (TSX: TIXT ), which lost 8.30% or 3.08 points to trade at 34.01 in late trade. Shopify Inc (TSX: SHOP ) declined 7.79% or 87.41 points to end at 1035.00 and Aurora Cannabis Inc (TSX: ACB ) shed 6.04% or 0.325 points to 5.055.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 698 to 312 and 117 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 9.97% to 22.83.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was down 0.20% or 3.55 to $1806.75 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in March rose 2.29% or 2.02 to hit $90.28 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract rose 1.89% or 1.69 to trade at $91.16 a barrel.

CAD/USD was down 0.01% to 0.7892, while CAD/EUR fell 1.11% to 0.6902.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.58% at 95.375.

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