Canada shares lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 1.57%

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Canada shares lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 1.57%
Credit: © Reuters. – Canada equities were lower at the close on Friday, as losses in the Energy , Healthcare and Consumer Staples sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite lost 1.57%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Silver Standard Resources Inc . (TO: SSO ), which rose 5.08% or 0.73 points to trade at 15.09 at the close. Innergex Renewable Energy Inc . (TO: INE ) added 2.74% or 0.38 points to end at 14.24 and Kinross Gold Corporation (TO: K ) was up 2.67% or 0.13 points to 4.99 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Eldorado Gold Corporation (TO: ELD ), which lost 10.97% or 0.52 points to trade at 4.22 in late trade. Torex Gold Resources Inc (TO: TXG ) declined 7.95% or 2.330 points to end at 26.960 and Canadian Energy Services & Technology Corp (TO: CEU ) shed 7.90% or 0.660 points to 7.690.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 802 to 384 and 112 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 10.43% to 13.23.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was up 0.53% or 6.60 to $1258.00 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in April fell 0.75% or 0.41 to hit $54.04 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract fell 0.97% or 0.55 to trade at $56.03 a barrel.

CAD/USD was down 0.08% to 0.7630, while CAD/EUR rose 0.19% to 0.7226.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.19% at 101.14.

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