TSX climbs as oil prices push energy shares higher

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

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.

* 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