TSX rises 0.77 percent to 16,574.81

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 0.77 percent to 16,574.81

* Leading the index were Descartes Systems Group Inc , up 10.0 percent, Birchcliff Energy Ltd , up 8 percent, and CannTrust Holdings Inc , higher by 7.4 percent.

* Lagging shares were Centerra Gold Inc , down 9.3 percent, First Majestic Silver Corp, down 9.1 percent, and Detour Gold Corp, lower by 8.3 percent.

* On the TSX 169 issues rose and 68 fell as a 2.5-to-1 ratio favored advancers. There were 17 new highs and 1 new low, with total volume of 229.2 million shares.

* The most heavily traded shares by volume were Encana Corp , Canadian Natural Resources Ltd and Barrick Gold Corp.

* The TSX’s energy group rose 3.32 points, or 2.7 percent, while the financials sector climbed 4.07 points, or 1.4 percent.

* West Texas Intermediate crude futures fell 0.12 percent, or $0.07, to $56.19 a barrel. Brent crude rose 0.1 percent, or $0.06, to $60.76.

* The TSX is up 15.7 percent for the year.