Canada stocks lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 0.34% – Canada stocks were lower after the close on Tuesday, as losses in the IT, Materials and Clean Technology sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite lost 0.34% to hit a new 6-months low.

The best performers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were NexGen Energy Ltd. (TO:NXE), which rose 5.23% or 0.150 points to trade at 3.020 at the close. Meanwhile, Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Inc . (TO:RBA) added 2.87% or 1.070 points to end at 38.330 and Gran Tierra Energy Inc . (TO:GTE) was up 2.78% or 0.080 points to 2.960 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were First Majestic Silver Corp. (TO:FR), which fell 6.13% or 0.66 points to trade at 10.10 at the close. Fortuna Silver Mines Inc (TO:FVI) declined 4.88% or 0.31 points to end at 6.04 and Guyana Goldfields Inc . (TO:GUY) was down 4.61% or 0.280 points to 5.800.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Toronto Stock Exchange by 559 to 512 and 145 ended unchanged.

The S&P/TSX 60 VIX, which measures the implied volatility of S&P/TSX Composite options, was up 4.96% to 14.17.

Gold Futures for August delivery was up 0.41% or 5.03 to $1224.23 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in August rose 0.02% or 0.01 to hit $47.08 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract fell 0.02% or 0.01 to trade at $49.67 a barrel.

CAD/USD was up 0.55% to 0.7730, while CAD/EUR rose 0.68% to 0.6811.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.04% at 95.99.