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TSX rises 0.54 percent

Businessmen pass the Toronto Stock Exchange sing in Toronto, Ontario, Canada July 6, 2017. REUTERS/Chris Helgren

(Reuters) - * The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX <.GSPTSE> rose 77.51 points, or 0.54 percent, to 14,504.13.

* Leading the index were New Gold Inc  , up 6.7 percent, Laurentian Bank of Canada  , up 6.3 percent, and Aphria Inc  , higher by 5.8 percent.

* Lagging shares were Kirkland Lake Gold Ltd  , down 4.7 percent, Semafo Inc , down 4.3 percent, and Sandstorm Gold Ltd , lower by 3.7 percent.

* On the TSX 168 issues rose and 68 fell as a 2.5-to-1 ratio favored advancers. There were 1 new highs and 1 new lows, with total volume of 251.8 million shares.

* The most heavily traded shares by volume were Crescent Point Energy Corp  , Enbridge Inc  and Bombardier Inc .

* The TSX's energy group <.SPTTEN> rose 0.18 points, or 0.12 percent, while the financials sector <.SPTTFS> climbed 0.01 points, or 0 percent.

* West Texas Intermediate crude futures  rose 1.48 percent, or $0.71, to $48.67 a barrel. Brent crude   rose 0.84 percent, or $0.48, to $57.54 [O/R]

* The TSX is up 1.3 percent for the year.

(Reporting By Sinéad Carew)