TORONTO, March 16 (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, which rose 7.9 percent, while the largest decliner was Prometic Life, down 5.5 percent.
* Among the most active Canadian stocks by volume were Aurora Cannabis, down 2.7 percent at C$10.95; Bombardier, up 0.8 percent at C$3.75 and Enbridge Inc , 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)