Canada shares lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 12.30%

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Canada shares lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 12.30%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Energy , Healthcare and Financials sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite fell 12.30% to hit a new 3-year low.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Linamar Corporation (TSX: LNR ), which rose 3.84% or 1.12 points to trade at 30.30 at the close. Labrador Iron Ore Royalty Corp (TSX: LIF ) fell 0.33% or 0.05 points to end at 14.96 and Choice Properties REIT (TSX: CHP_u ) was down 2.27% or 0.29 points to 12.51 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Chemtrade Logistics Income Fund (TSX: CHE_u ), which lost 34.37% or 2.33 points to trade at 4.45 in late trade. ShawCor Ltd . (TSX: SCL ) declined 30.72% or 0.98 points to end at 2.21 and Lightspeed POS Inc (TSX: LSPD ) shed 29.29% or 7.23 points to 17.45.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1158 to 40 and 28 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 0.00% to 11.27.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was down 4.04% or 66.40 to $1575.90 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in April fell 6.06% or 2.00 to hit $30.98 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract rose 0.21% or 0.07 to trade at $32.79 a barrel.

CAD/USD was up 0.03% to 0.7183, while CAD/EUR rose 0.02% to 0.6420.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.98% at 97.440.

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