Canada shares lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 0.22%

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Canada shares lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 0.22%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Healthcare , Materials and Consumer Staples sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite lost 0.22%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (TO: CP ), which rose 5.10% or 10.69 points to trade at 220.36 at the close. TransAlta Corp (TO: TA ) added 3.95% or 0.30 points to end at 7.89 and Badger Daylighting Ltd . (TO: BAD ) was up 3.74% or 1.07 points to 29.66 in late trade.

Biggest losers included New Gold Inc . (TO: NGD ), which lost 4.34% or 0.200 points to trade at 4.410 in late trade. Precision Drilling Corporation (TO: PD ) declined 3.95% or 0.13 points to end at 3.16 and DHX Media Ltd B (TO: DHXb ) shed 3.92% or 0.19 points to 4.66.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 535 to 526 and 168 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 3.74% to 11.09.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.23% or 2.98 to $1283.22 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in November rose 0.27% or 0.14 to hit $52.02 a barrel, while the December Brent oil contract rose 0.54% or 0.31 to trade at $58.19 a barrel.

CAD/USD was up 0.50% to 0.8025, while CAD/EUR rose 0.37% to 0.6805.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.10% at 93.27.

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