TSX rises 0.03% to 16,882.83

FILE PHOTO: A logo for TMX Group, which operates the Toronto Stock Exchange, is seen after the company announced it was shutting down all markets for the rest of the day after experiencing issues with trading on all its exchange platforms in Toronto, Ontario, Canada April 27, 2018. REUTERS/Chris Helgren

* The Toronto Stock Exchange’s TSX rises 0.03 percent to 16,882.83

* Leading the index were Silvercorp Metals Inc , up 6.2%, Interfor Corp , up 4.8%, and First Majestic Silver Corp , higher by 4.5%.

* Lagging shares were Semafo Inc , down 16.1%, Hexo Corp, down 8.1%, and Premium Brands Holdings Corp, lower by 6.0%.

* On the TSX 125 issues rose and 106 fell as a 1.2-to-1 ratio favored advancers. There were 15 new highs and 1 new low, with total volume of 153.0 million shares.

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

* The TSX’s energy group fell 0.37 points, or 0.3%, while the financials sector slipped 0.11 points, or 0.0%.

* West Texas Intermediate crude futures fell 0.58%, or $0.33, to $56.91 a barrel. Brent crude fell 0.43% , or $0.27, to $62.24 [O/R]

* The TSX is up 17.9% for the year.