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TSX rises 0.34% to 17,352.90

FILE PHOTO: The Art Deco facade of the original Toronto Stock Exchange building is seen on Bay Street in Toronto, Ontario, Canada January 23, 2019. REUTERS/Chris Helgren

- The Toronto Stock Exchange’s TSX rises 0.34 percent to 17,352.90

- Leading the index were Wesdome Gold Mines Ltd , up 6.1%, Aurora Cannabis Inc , up 5.9%, and Ballard Power Systems Inc , higher by 5.4%.

- Lagging shares were Aphria Inc , down 8.2%, Husky Energy Inc, down 2.8%, and Encana Corp, lower by 2.3%.

- On the TSX 137 issues rose and 87 fell as a 1.6-to-1 ratio favored advancers. There were 20 new highs and no new lows, with total volume of 234.6 million shares.

- The most heavily traded shares by volume were Aurora Cannabis Inc , Aphria Inc and Encana Corp.

- The TSX’s energy group rose 0.47 points, or 0.3%, while the financials sector climbed 0.25 points, or 0.1%.

- West Texas Intermediate crude futures rose 0.5%, or $0.29, to $58.37 a barrel. Brent crude rose 0.67% , or $0.43, to $64.63

- The TSX is up 1.7% for the year.

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