TSX rises on Nutrien boost

FILE PHOTO: A TMX Group sign, the company that runs the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX), is seen in Toronto, June 23, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Blinch/File Photo

NEW YORK (Reuters) - - The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX .GSPTSE rose 34.08 points, or 0.22 percent, to 15,842.71.

- The biggest contributor to the TSX gain was Nutrien LTD NTR.TO with 7.82 net index points in the wake of its quarterly earnings late Tuesday. That helped boost materials sector .GSPTTMT as the top contributor with 13.76 net points. 

- Leading the index were Nevsun Resources Ltd NSU.TO, up 16.8 percent, IAMGOLD Corp IMG.TO, up 8.9 percent, and Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc VRX.TO, higher by 8.9 percent.

- Lagging shares were Labrador Iron Ore Royalty Corp LIF.TO, down 10.7 percent, WestJet Airlines Ltd WJA.TO, down 9.8 percent, and Seven Generations Energy Ltd VII.TO, lower by 5.1 percent.

- On the TSX 125 issues advanced and 121 declined as a 1-to-1 ratio favored advancers. There were 7 new highs and 2 new lows, with total volume of 238.6 million shares.

- The most heavily traded shares by volume were Cenovus Energy Inc CVE.TO, Baytex Energy Corp BTE.TO and Aurora Cannabis Inc <ACB.TO.

- The TSX's energy group .SPTTEN rose 0.01 points, or 0.01 percent, while the financials sector .SPTTFS climbed 0.60 points, or 0.2 percent.

- West Texas Intermediate crude futures CLc1 fell 1.48 percent, or $1.05, to $69.68 a barrel [O/R]

- The TSX is off 2.3 percent for the year.

Reporting by Chuck Mikolajczak