Canada shares lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 0.04%

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Canada shares lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 0.04%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Consumer Staples , Consumer Discretionary and Energy sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite fell 0.04%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were TransAlta Corp (TO: TA ), which rose 7.75% or 0.45 points to trade at 6.26 at the close. First Quantum Minerals Ltd . (TO: FM ) added 4.25% or 0.68 points to end at 16.67 and Asanko Gold Inc (TO: AKG ) was up 3.33% or 0.150 points to 4.650 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Lucara Diamond Corp (TO: LUC ), which lost 2.31% or 0.080 points to trade at 3.380 in late trade. Silver Wheaton Corp. (TO: SLW ) declined 1.78% or 0.44 points to end at 24.27 and Novagold Resources Inc . (TO: NG ) shed 1.70% or 0.10 points to 5.78.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 639 to 504 and 125 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 down 4.80% to 13.69.

In commodities trading, Gold for December delivery was down 0.36% or 4.30 to $1183.50 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in January rose 0.08% or 0.04 to hit $47.98 a barrel, while the January Brent oil contract fell 0.14% or 0.07 to trade at $48.88 a barrel.

CAD/USD was down 0.01% to 0.7413, while CAD/EUR fell 0.04% to 0.7022.

The US Dollar Index was up 0.04% at 101.77.

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