TSX rises 0.7% to 17,028.73 - Metro US

TSX rises 0.7% to 17,028.73

The facade of the original Toronto Stock Exchange building is seen in Toronto

* The Toronto Stock Exchange’s TSX rises 0.70 percent to 17,028.73 

* Leading the index were Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Inc <AUP.TO​>, up 8.1%, Lightspeed POS Inc​ <LSPD.TO>, up 7.3%, and BlackBerry Ltd​ <BB.TO>, higher by 7.3%.

* Lagging shares were Real Matters Inc​​ <REAL.TO>, down 15.1%, Air Canada​ <AC.TO>, down 3.0%, and Parkland Corp​ <PKI.TO>, lower by 3.0%.

* On the TSX 159 issues rose and 58 fell as a 2.7-to-1 ratio favored advancers. There were 5 new highs and no new lows, with total volume of 159.5 million shares.

* The most heavily traded shares by volume were Manulife Financial Corp <MFC.TO>, Cenovus Energy Inc <CVE.TO> and Air Canada <AC.TO>.

* The TSX’s energy group <.SPTTEN> rose 0.73 points, or 0.9%, while the financials sector <.SPTTFS> climbed 0.92 points, or 0.3%.

* West Texas Intermediate crude futures <CLc1> rose 1.03%, or $0.43, to $42.17 a barrel. Brent crude <LCOc1>  rose 1.95%, or $0.86, to $45.06 [O/R]

* The TSX is off 0.2% for the year.

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