Canada shares lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 0.16%

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Canada shares lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 0.16%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Energy , Industrials and Materials sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite fell 0.16%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Premium Brands Holdings Corporation (TO: PBH ), which rose 3.58% or 2.33 points to trade at 67.33 at the close. Loblaw Companies Limited (TO: L ) added 3.26% or 2.11 points to end at 66.91 and Detour Gold Corporation (TO: DGC ) was up 3.15% or 0.56 points to 18.33 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Guyana Goldfields Inc . (TO: GUY ), which lost 5.68% or 0.370 points to trade at 6.140 in late trade. Alacer Gold Corp (TO: ASR ) declined 4.80% or 0.120 points to end at 2.380 and Alamos Gold Inc (TO: AGI ) shed 4.61% or 0.43 points to 8.90.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 774 to 417 and 124 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 22.01% to 18.46 a new 3-month high.

In commodities trading, Gold for December delivery was up 0.03% or 0.35 to $1224.85 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in December fell 0.79% or 0.36 to hit $45.45 a barrel, while the January Brent oil contract fell 1.04% or 0.49 to trade at $46.46 a barrel.

CAD/USD was up 0.03% to 0.7438, while CAD/EUR rose 0.43% to 0.6965.

The US Dollar Index was up 0.19% at 100.39.

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