Canada shares lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 0.56%

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Canada shares lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 0.56%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Energy , Healthcare and Materials sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite lost 0.56%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. (TO: IVN ), which rose 7.94% or 0.250 points to trade at 3.400 at the close. Pason Systems Inc . (TO: PSI ) added 6.73% or 1.31 points to end at 20.77 and Gildan Activewear Inc. (TO: GIL ) was up 5.16% or 2.52 points to 51.37 in late trade.

Biggest losers included SNC-Lavalin Group Inc . (TO: SNC ), which lost 13.13% or 4.38 points to trade at 28.97 in late trade. CannTrust Holdings Inc (TO: TRST ) declined 12.57% or 1.0900 points to end at 7.5800 and Cott Corp (TO: BCB ) shed 7.67% or 1.57 points to 18.91.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 709 to 335 and 141 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 1.72% to 11.86.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was down 0.97% or 12.45 to $1271.75 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in June fell 3.22% or 2.05 to hit $61.55 a barrel, while the July Brent oil contract fell 0.03% or 0.02 to trade at $70.38 a barrel.

CAD/USD was up 0.03% to 0.7422, while CAD/EUR rose 0.07% to 0.6641.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.18% at 97.588.

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