Canada shares lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 1.54%

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Canada shares lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 1.54%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Financials , Materials and REITs sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite fell 1.54% to hit a new 52-week low.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Tilray Inc (TSX: TLRY ), which rose 16.07% or 0.67 points to trade at 4.84 at the close. Aurora Cannabis Inc (TSX: ACB ) added 14.12% or 0.24 points to end at 1.94 and Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Inc . (TSX: RBA ) was up 11.79% or 9.23 points to 87.54 in late trade.

Biggest losers included First Quantum Minerals Ltd . (TSX: FM ), which lost 8.21% or 1.78 points to trade at 19.91 in late trade. Capstone Mining Corp (TSX: CS ) declined 6.83% or 0.17 points to end at 2.32 and Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. (TSX: IVN ) shed 6.41% or 0.45 points to 6.57.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 739 to 275 and 76 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 0.70% to 20.11.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was down 1.55% or 26.90 to $1,708.60 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in August rose 0.11% or 0.11 to hit $96.41 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract rose 0.22% or 0.22 to trade at $99.79 a barrel.

CAD/USD was down 0.99% to 0.76, while CAD/EUR unchanged 0.51% to 0.76.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.70% at 108.51.

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