** The Toronto Stock Exchange’s TSX rises 1.02 percent to 15,515.83
** Leading the index were Pason Systems Inc <PSI.TO>, up 10.7%, Mullen Group Ltd, up 10.1%, and Bausch Health Companies Inc, higher by 8.8%.
** Lagging shares were Hexo Corp, down 6.0%, NovaGold Resources Inc, down 5.9%, and Silvercorp Metals Inc, lower by 5.2%.
** On the TSX 167 issues rose and 59 fell as a 2.8-to-1 ratio favored advancers. There were 3 new highs and no new lows, with total volume of 288.9 million shares.
** The most heavily traded shares by volume were Bombardier Inc, Canadian Natural Resources Ltd and Baytex Energy Corp.
** The TSX’s energy group rose 1.46 points, or 1.8%, while the financials sector climbed 4.11 points, or 1.6%.
** West Texas Intermediate crude futures rose 2.18%, or $0.81, to $37.93 a barrel. Brent crude rose 2.37%, or $0.94, to $40.66 [O/R]
** The TSX is off 9.1% for the year.