OTTAWA: Canada stocks were lower after the close on Thursday, as losses in the Materials, Telecoms and Consumer Discretionary sectors led shares lower. At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite fell 0.32%. The best performers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Pason Systems Inc . (TO:PSI), which rose 4.44% or 0.77 points to trade at 18.13 at the close. Meanwhile, Pretium Resources Inc. (TO:PVG) added 3.82% or 0.40 points to end at 10.87 and Extendicare Inc (TO:EXE) was up 2.74% or 0.25 points to 9.38 in late trade.
The worst performers of the session were ProMetic Life Sciences Inc. (TO:PLI), which fell 6.40% or 0.080 points to trade at 1.170 at the close. Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. (TO:IVN) declined 5.86% or 0.260 points to end at 4.180 and Interfor Corp (TO:IFP) was down 4.59% or 0.84 points to 17.47. Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Toronto Stock Exchange by 608 to 432 and 158 ended unchanged. Shares in ProMetic Life Sciences Inc. (TO:PLI) fell to 3-years lows; falling 6.40% or 0.080 to 1.170. The S&P/TSX 60 VIX, which measures the implied volatility of S&P/TSX Composite options, was up 5.97% to 14.03. Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.81% or 10.42 to $1293.32 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in September rose 0.53% or 0.25 to hit $47.03 a barrel, while the October Brent oil contract rose 1.27% or 0.64 to trade at $50.91 a barrel. CAD/USD was down 0.38% to 0.7895, while CAD/EUR fell 0.07% to 0.6730. The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.24% at 93.63.