Canada shares lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 0.34%

Canada shares lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 0.34%  | Aug 22, 2019 22:26

Canada shares lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 0.34% – Canada equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Healthcare, Consumer Staples and Energy sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite fell 0.34%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were NFI Group Inc (TSX:NFI), which rose 5.65% or 1.47 points to trade at 27.50 at the close. Hudson's Bay Company (TSX:HBC) added 4.48% or 0.46 points to end at 10.72 and CannTrust Holdings Inc (TSX:TRST) was up 4.03% or 0.1000 points to 2.5800 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Peyto Exploration&Development Corp (TSX:PEY), which lost 7.44% or 0.27 points to trade at 3.36 in late trade. Canopy Growth Corp (TSX:WEED) declined 5.52% or 1.950 points to end at 33.400 and Kelt Exploration Ltd. (TSX:KEL) shed 4.91% or 0.140 points to 2.710.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 613 to 438 and 119 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 0.39% to 12.83.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.53% or 8.00 to $1507.70 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in October fell 0.50% or 0.28 to hit $55.40 a barrel, while the October Brent oil contract rose 0.02% or 0.01 to trade at $60.03 a barrel.

CAD/USD was up 0.07% to 0.7520, while CAD/EUR rose 0.07% to 0.6787.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.08% at 98.102.

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