Canada shares lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 0.43%

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Canada shares lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 0.43%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Consumer Discretionary , Industrials and Healthcare sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite lost 0.43%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were HudBay Minerals Inc. (TO: HBM ), which rose 4.86% or 0.55 points to trade at 11.86 at the close. B2Gold Corp (TO: BTO ) added 4.49% or 0.160 points to end at 3.720 and Crescent Point Energy Corp . (TO: CPG ) was up 4.49% or 0.47 points to 10.94 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Corus Entertainment Inc (TO: CJRb ), which lost 16.94% or 1.87 points to trade at 9.17 in late trade. Klondex Mines Ltd (TO: KDX ) declined 11.49% or 0.340 points to end at 2.620 and Trican Well Service Ltd . (TO: TCW ) shed 6.54% or 0.280 points to 4.000.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 576 to 560 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 1.57% to 11.68 a new 1-month high.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was up 0.31% or 4.10 to $1317.80 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in February rose 0.73% or 0.46 to hit $63.42 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract rose 0.32% or 0.22 to trade at $69.04 a barrel.

CAD/USD was down 0.60% to 0.7975, while CAD/EUR fell 0.74% to 0.6671.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.17% at 92.07.

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