Canada shares lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 0.54%

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Canada shares lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 0.54%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were lower at the close on Tuesday, as losses in the IT , Healthcare and Materials sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite declined 0.54% to hit a new 1-month low.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Sierra Wireless Inc . (TO: SW ), which rose 7.35% or 1.49 points to trade at 21.76 at the close. Canadian Natural Resources Limited (TO: CNQ ) added 3.00% or 1.15 points to end at 39.51 and Detour Gold Corporation (TO: DGC ) was up 2.31% or 0.30 points to 13.30 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Corus Entertainment Inc (TO: CJRb ), which lost 10.89% or 0.76 points to trade at 6.22 in late trade. Torex Gold Resources Inc (TO: TXG ) declined 10.36% or 0.940 points to end at 8.130 and NexGen Energy Ltd. (TO: NXE ) shed 7.54% or 0.190 points to 2.330.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 674 to 430 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 2.99% to 14.12.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was down 0.77% or 10.40 to $1344.60 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in May fell 0.96% or 0.63 to hit $64.92 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract fell 0.62% or 0.43 to trade at $69.09 a barrel.

CAD/USD was down 0.36% to 0.7759, while CAD/EUR fell 0.02% to 0.6255.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.36% at 88.96.

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