TSX rises 0.3% to 16,279.36

FILE PHOTO: The Art Deco facade of the original Toronto Stock Exchange building is seen on Bay Street in Toronto, Ontario, Canada January 23, 2019. REUTERS/Chris Helgren

* The Toronto Stock Exchange’s TSX rises 0.30 percent to 16,279.36

* Leading the index were Rogers Communications Inc <RCIb.TO>, up 11.6%, Seven Generations Energy Ltd , up 9.1%, and Vermilion Energy Inc , higher by 8%.

* Lagging shares were Enghouse Systems Ltd , down 4.5%, Fortuna Silver Mines Inc, down 4.5%, and Silvercrest Metals Inc, lower by 4.3%.

* On the TSX 116 issues rose and 106 fell as a 1.1-to-1 ratio favored advancers. There were 4 new highs and no new lows, with total volume of 202.7 million shares.

* The most heavily traded shares by volume were Air Canada , Suncor Energy Inc and Bank Of Nova Scotia.

* The TSX’s energy group rose 2.67 points, or 4.1%, while the financials sector climbed 2.29 points, or 0.9%.

* West Texas Intermediate crude futures rose 1.45%, or $0.58, to $40.61 a barrel. Brent crude rose 1.65%, or $0.69, to $42.42 [O/R]

* The TSX is off 4.6% for the year.