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TSX rises 0.22 percent, led by energy gains

FILE PHOTO: A sign board displaying Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) stock information is seen in Toronto June 23, 2014. Canada's main stock index was little changed on Monday as weakness in financial and energy shares offset gains in the materials sector. REUTERS/Mark Blinch

NEW YORK (Reuters) - * The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX rose 35.49 points, or 0.22 percent, to 16,143.55.

* The biggest contributor to the TSX gain was Canadian Natural Resources with 8.9 net index points. Energy was the top sector contributor. 

* Leading the index were ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc , up 11.1 percent, Spartan Energy Corp , up 6.6 percent, and Vermilion Energy Inc , higher by 6 percent.

* Lagging shares were Aphria Inc , down 6.8 percent, Aurora Cannabis Inc, down 3.5 percent, and Kinaxis Inc, lower by 2.8 percent.

* On the TSX 126 issues advanced and 112 declined as a 1.1-to-1 ratio favored advancers. There were 20 new highs and 3 new lows, with total volume of 206.2 million shares.

* The most heavily traded shares by volume were Aurora Cannabis Inc , Cenovus Energy Inc  and Baytex Energy Corp.

* The TSX's energy group  rose 4.38 points, or 2.12 percent, while the financials sector slipped 0.16 points, or -0.05 percent.

* West Texas Intermediate crude futures rose 0.11 percent, or $0.08, to $71.57 a barrel. Brent crude  rose 0.15 percent, or $0.12, to $79.4 [O/R]

* The TSX is off 0.4 percent for the year.

(Reporting by Caroline Valetkevitch)