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CANADA STOCKS - TSX rises 0.27 percent

NEW YORK, Feb 25 (Reuters) - * The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX rose 44.02 points, or 0.27 percent, to 16,057.03. * Leading the index were Snc-Lavalin Group Inc, up 6.3 percent, New Gold Inc, up 6 percent, and First Majestic Silver Corp, higher by 5.1 percent. * Lagging shares were Cronos Group Inc, down 7.3 percent, Aphria Inc, down 4.4 percent, and Barrick Gold Corp, lower by 3.1 percent. * On the TSX 112 issues rose and 119 fell as a 0.9-to-1 ratio favored decliners. There were seven new highs and no new lows, with total volume of 219.0 million shares. * The most heavily traded shares by volume were Encana Corp, Bombardier Inc and Aurora Cannabis Inc . * The TSX's energy group rose 0.90 points, or 0.6 percent, while the financials sector added 1.44 points, or 0.5 percent. * West Texas Intermediate crude futures fell 3.28 percent, or $1.88, to $55.38 a barrel. Brent crude fell 3.67 percent, or $2.46, to $64.66. * The TSX is up 12.1 percent for the year. (Reporting by April Joyner)