Canada shares lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 0.24%

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Canada shares lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 0.24%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were lower at the close on Friday, as losses in the Healthcare , Utilities and IT sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite declined 0.24%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were NexGen Energy Ltd. (TSX: NXE ), which rose 10.53% or 0.220 points to trade at 2.310 at the close. Aritzia Inc (TSX: ATZ ) added 7.08% or 1.16 points to end at 17.55 and Martinrea International Inc . (TSX: MRE ) was up 4.91% or 0.50 points to 10.68 in late trade.

Biggest losers included CannTrust Holdings Inc (TSX: TRST ), which lost 17.33% or 0.7000 points to trade at 3.3400 in late trade. Canopy Growth Corp (TSX: WEED ) declined 8.03% or 3.890 points to end at 44.560 and Cronos Group Inc (TSX: CRON ) shed 6.23% or 1.2300 points to 18.5100.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 539 to 499 and 139 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 2.04% to 10.99.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was up 0.78% or 10.95 to $1417.65 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in August rose 0.28% or 0.17 to hit $60.37 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract rose 0.54% or 0.36 to trade at $66.88 a barrel.

CAD/USD was up 0.35% to 0.7674, while CAD/EUR rose 0.21% to 0.6808.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.25% at 96.428.

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