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TSX rises 0.24 percent

A man walks past an old Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) sign in Toronto, June 23, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Blinch

(Reuters) - * The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX <.GSPTSE> rose 35.69 points, or 0.24 percent, to 14,939.18.

* Leading the index were Cogeco Communications Inc  , up 7.5 percent, Aurora Cannabis Inc  , up 7.5 percent, and Aphria Inc  , higher by 5.4 percent.

* Lagging shares were Nexgen Energy Ltd  , down 5.0 percent, Seven Generations Energy Ltd , down 4.9 percent, and New Gold Inc , lower by 4.7 percent.

* On the TSX 133 issues rose and 99 fell as a 1.3-to-1 ratio favored advancers. There were 10 new highs and 1 new lows, with total volume of 248.9 million shares.

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

* The TSX's energy group <.SPTTEN> rose 0.18 points, or 0.12 percent, while the financials sector <.SPTTFS> climbed 0.56 points, or 0.2 percent.

* West Texas Intermediate crude futures  fell 1.71 percent, or $0.9, to $51.69 a barrel. Brent crude   fell 1.83 percent, or $1.13, to $60.55 [O/R]

* The TSX is up 4.3 percent for the year.

(Reporting By Sinéad Carew)