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TSX falls 0.24% to 16,024.50

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 falls 0.24 percent to 16,024.50

* Leading the index were Intertape Polymer Group Inc <ITP.TO>, up 5.1%, Cineplex Inc , up 3.8%, and Sleep Country Canada Holdings Inc , higher by 3.3%.

* Lagging shares were Ballard Power Systems Inc , down 6.3%, Aurora Cannabis Inc, down 5.3%, and First Quantum Minerals Ltd, lower by 4.0%.

* On the TSX 70 issues rose and 146 fell as a 0.5-to-1 ratio favored decliners. There were 9 new highs and no new lows, with total volume of 174.6 million shares.

* The most heavily traded shares by volume were Air Canada , B2gold Corp and Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp.

* The TSX’s energy group fell 0.91 points, or 1.2%, while the financials sector climbed 0.21 points, or 0.1%.

* West Texas Intermediate crude futures fell 1.14%, or $0.47, to $40.73 a barrel. Brent crude fell 0.94%, or $0.41, to $43.38 [O/R]

* The TSX is off 6.1% for the year.

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