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Canada stocks lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 0.09%

© Reuters.  Canada stocks lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 0.09%© Reuters. Canada stocks lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 0.09%

Investing.com – Canada stocks were lower after the close on Thursday, as losses in the Healthcare, Utilities and Clean Technology sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite declined 0.09%.

The best performers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Kinaxis Inc (TO:KXS), which rose 12.14% or 7.68 points to trade at 70.96 at the close. Meanwhile, Kirkland Lake Gold Ltd (TO:KL) added 10.53% or 1.630 points to end at 17.110 and ProMetic Life Sciences Inc. (TO:PLI) was up 8.27% or 0.110 points to 1.440 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Sleep Country Canada Holdings Inc (TO:ZZZ), which fell 13.01% or 5.02 points to trade at 33.58 at the close. Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc (TO:VRX) declined 7.56% or 1.16 points to end at 14.18 and Imperial Oil Limited (TO:IMO) was down 5.52% or 2.29 points to 39.17.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Toronto Stock Exchange by 581 to 522 and 137 ended unchanged.

The S&P/TSX 60 VIX, which measures the implied volatility of S&P/TSX Composite options, was up 3.29% to 13.81 a new 1-month high.

Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.05% or 0.70 to $1276.60 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in December rose 0.79% or 0.43 to hit $54.73 a barrel, while the January Brent oil contract fell 0.08% or 0.05 to trade at $60.70 a barrel.

CAD/USD was down 0.01% to 0.7806, while CAD/EUR fell 0.01% to 0.6696.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.08% at 94.62.

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