Canada shares lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 1.32%

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Canada shares lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 1.32%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Energy , Materials and Consumer Staples sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite fell 1.32%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Kinaxis Inc (TSX: KXS ), which rose 4.09% or 5.21 points to trade at 132.50 at the close. Shopify Inc (TSX: SHOP ) added 3.49% or 14.80 points to end at 438.64 and TransAlta Corp (TSX: TA ) was up 2.81% or 0.38 points to 13.91 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Baytex Energy Corp (TSX: BTE ), which lost 12.01% or 0.86 points to trade at 6.30 in late trade. Athabasca Oil Corp (TSX: ATH ) declined 10.80% or 0.31 points to end at 2.56 and Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. (TSX: IVN ) shed 9.64% or 0.81 points to 7.59.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 821 to 219 and 88 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 4.46% to 22.94.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was up 0.07% or 1.25 to $1,840.05 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in August fell 3.93% or 4.30 to hit $105.22 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract fell 3.40% or 3.90 to trade at $110.75 a barrel.

CAD/USD was unchanged 0.10% to 0.77, while CAD/EUR unchanged 0.46% to 0.73.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.23% at 103.97.

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