March 16, 2018 / 12:03 PM / in 7 months

TSX climbs as oil prices push energy shares higher

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada’s main stock index ended higher on Friday as strength in the price of U.S. crude oil helped drive up shares in energy companies.

Businessmen pass the Toronto Stock Exchange sign in Toronto, Ontario, Canada July 6, 2017. REUTERS/Chris Helgren

* The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index ended up 40.71 points, or 0.26 percent, at 15,711.33. Five of the 10 main sectors on the index were higher.

* The TSX posted 9 new 52-week highs and 5 new lows. Across all Canadian issues there were 77 new 52-week highs and 21 new lows.

* The largest percentage gainer on the TSX was Birchcliff Energy (BIR.TO), which rose 7.9 percent, while the largest decliner was Prometic Life (PLI.TO), down 5.5 percent.

* Among the most active Canadian stocks by volume were Aurora Cannabis (ACB.TO), down 2.7 percent at C$10.95; Bombardier (BBDb.TO), up 0.8 percent at C$3.75 and Enbridge Inc (ENB.TO), up 0.5 percent to C$41.28.

* In the energy sector, Suncor Energy added 1.6 percent to C$42.91.

* The price of U.S. crude oil gained 1.7 percent to $62.20.

Reporting by John Tilak; Editing by Susan Thomas

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