Canada shares lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 0.86%

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Canada shares lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 0.86%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Mining , Healthcare and IT sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite declined 0.86% to hit a new 52-week low.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Guyana Goldfields Inc . (TO: GUY ), which rose 18.38% or 0.250 points to trade at 1.610 at the close. IAMGold Corporation (TO: IMG ) added 10.33% or 0.470 points to end at 5.020 and Fortuna Silver Mines Inc (TO: FVI ) was up 10.16% or 0.45 points to 4.88 in late trade.

Biggest losers included ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. (TO: ATA ), which lost 10.86% or 1.67 points to trade at 13.71 in late trade. TransAlta Corp (TO: TA ) declined 6.10% or 0.40 points to end at 6.16 and NuVista Energy Ltd . (TO: NVA ) shed 5.88% or 0.230 points to 3.680.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 814 to 339 and 108 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 9.37% to 21.95 a new 52-week high.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was up 0.61% or 7.70 to $1264.10 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in February fell 4.05% or 1.95 to hit $46.22 a barrel, while the February Brent oil contract fell 4.32% or 2.47 to trade at $54.77 a barrel.

CAD/USD was down 0.07% to 0.7411, while CAD/EUR fell 0.74% to 0.6470.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.66% at 95.843.

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