TSX edges up as energy stocks, Shaw Communications gain

The Toronto Stock Exchange sign is seen in Toronto, Ontario, Canada July 6, 2017. REUTERS/Chris Helgren

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada’s main stock index closed slightly higher on Thursday as Shaw Communications’ shares gained on better-than-expected quarterly results and higher commodity prices, due to geopolitical concerns, boosted the shares of energy firms.

* The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index closed up 11.37 points, or 0.07 percent, at 15,269.27.

* The TSX’s energy group rose by 0.5 percent.

* Seven of the index’s 10 main industry groups ended higher.

* U.S. crude prices were up 0.5 percent to $67.13 a barrel, while Brent crude added 0.1 percent to $72.11.

* Gold futures fell 1.6 percent to $1,334.60 an ounce.

* The TSX posted four new 52-week highs and six new lows.

* The largest percentage gainer on the TSX was Shaw Communications, which gained 10 percent.

* The biggest percentage loser was Pretium Resources, which fell 9 percent.

Reporting by Matt Scuffham, editing by G Crosse