Canada shares lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 0.08%

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Canada shares lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 0.08%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were lower at the close on Friday, as losses in the Energy , Healthcare and Materials sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite declined 0.08%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were CAE Inc. (TO: CAE ), which rose 5.23% or 1.32 points to trade at 26.57 at the close. Hudson's Bay Company (TO: HBC ) added 2.83% or 0.27 points to end at 9.81 and North West Company Inc (TO: NWC ) was up 2.48% or 0.69 points to 28.49 in late trade.

Biggest losers included MEG Energy Corp (TO: MEG ), which lost 6.47% or 0.60 points to trade at 8.68 in late trade. Precision Drilling Corporation (TO: PD ) declined 5.14% or 0.25 points to end at 4.61 and Baytex Energy Corp (TO: BTE ) shed 4.96% or 0.28 points to 5.37.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 630 to 459 and 121 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 1.08% to 12.14.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was down 0.30% or 3.90 to $1300.50 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in July fell 4.45% or 3.15 to hit $67.56 a barrel, while the July Brent oil contract fell 3.22% or 2.54 to trade at $76.25 a barrel.

CAD/USD was down 0.71% to 0.7708, while CAD/EUR fell 0.21% to 0.6610.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.44% at 94.13.

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