Canada shares lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 0.35%

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Canada shares lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 0.35% – Canada equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Healthcare , IT and Materials sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite fell 0.35%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Enercare Inc (TO: ECI ), which rose 52.83% or 9.99 points to trade at 28.90 at the close. Corus Entertainment Inc (TO: CJRb ) added 8.37% or 0.34 points to end at 4.40 and Kirkland Lake Gold Ltd (TO: KL ) was up 6.40% or 1.820 points to 30.250 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Aphria Inc (TO: APH ), which lost 8.25% or 0.950 points to trade at 10.560 in late trade. First Quantum Minerals Ltd . (TO: FM ) declined 7.93% or 1.61 points to end at 18.68 and MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates Ltd (TO: MAXR ) shed 6.45% or 4.11 points to 59.64.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 559 to 531 and 113 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 1.64% to 13.04.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was down 0.76% or 9.30 to $1214.40 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in September fell 1.34% or 0.92 to hit $67.84 a barrel, while the October Brent oil contract fell 0.03% or 0.02 to trade at $72.53 a barrel.

CAD/USD was down 0.04% to 0.7690, while CAD/EUR fell 0.08% to 0.6593.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.14% at 94.46.

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