Canada shares lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 9.82%

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Canada shares lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 9.82%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were lower at the close on Monday, as losses in the Energy , Consumer Discretionary and Real Estate sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite declined 9.82% to hit a new 3-year low.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Alamos Gold Inc (TSX: AGI ), which rose 21.26% or 1.15 points to trade at 6.56 at the close. Semafo Inc . (TSX: SMF ) added 19.17% or 0.370 points to end at 2.300 and Sandstorm Gold Ltd . (TSX: SSL ) was up 17.64% or 0.97 points to 6.47 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Cineplex Inc . (TSX: CGX ), which lost 54.29% or 11.08 points to trade at 9.33 in late trade. ShawCor Ltd . (TSX: SCL ) declined 38.12% or 0.69 points to end at 1.12 and MTY Food Group Inc (TSX: MTY ) shed 36.26% or 13.20 points to 23.20.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1049 to 115 and 34 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 0.96% or 14.55 to $1502.15 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in May fell 9.97% or 3.20 to hit $28.91 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract fell 12.70% or 4.30 to trade at $29.55 a barrel.

CAD/USD was down 1.25% to 0.7138, while CAD/EUR fell 1.95% to 0.6383.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.80% at 98.110.

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