Canada shares lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 0.37%

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Canada shares lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 0.37%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Healthcare , IT and Consumer Staples sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite fell 0.37%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were MEG Energy Corp (TO: MEG ), which rose 11.19% or 0.76 points to trade at 7.55 at the close. Pason Systems Inc . (TO: PSI ) added 6.59% or 1.05 points to end at 16.99 and Surge Energy Inc . (TO: SGY ) was up 5.71% or 0.160 points to 2.960 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Asanko Gold Inc (TO: AKG ), which lost 6.79% or 0.320 points to trade at 4.390 in late trade. ProMetic Life Sciences Inc. (TO: PLI ) declined 6.58% or 0.160 points to end at 2.270 and MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates Ltd (TO: MDA ) shed 5.05% or 3.55 points to 66.72.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 591 to 591 and 135 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 2.36% to 12.80.

In commodities trading, Gold for February delivery was down 0.01% or 0.10 to $1173.80 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in January rose 3.01% or 1.49 to hit $50.93 a barrel, while the February Brent oil contract rose 3.67% or 1.90 to trade at $53.74 a barrel.

CAD/USD was up 1.01% to 0.7512, while CAD/EUR rose 0.28% to 0.7048.

The US Dollar Index was down 0.59% at 101.03.

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