Canada shares lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 0.40%

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Canada shares lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 0.40%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Healthcare , IT and Consumer Discretionary sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite fell 0.40%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were MEG Energy Corp (TO: MEG ), which rose 5.45% or 0.56 points to trade at 10.83 at the close. Centerra Gold Inc (TO: CG ) added 5.23% or 0.37 points to end at 7.44 and Encana Corporation (TO: ECA ) was up 4.82% or 0.82 points to 17.82 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Corus Entertainment Inc (TO: CJRb ), which lost 17.92% or 1.12 points to trade at 5.13 in late trade. Canopy Growth Corp (TO: WEED ) declined 10.10% or 4.150 points to end at 36.930 and Eldorado Gold Corporation (TO: ELD ) shed 9.22% or 0.13 points to 1.28.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 575 to 531 and 124 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 3.40% to 14.00 a new 1-month high.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was down 0.44% or 5.50 to $1254.40 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in August rose 2.59% or 1.83 to hit $72.36 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract rose 1.46% or 1.11 to trade at $77.25 a barrel.

CAD/USD was down 0.36% to 0.7490, while CAD/EUR rose 0.39% to 0.6479.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.68% at 95.00.

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