(Corrects headline to show company reported a profit vs a year-ago loss, not a rise in profit)
May 4 (Reuters) - Canadian Natural Resources Ltd, Canada's largest independent petroleum producer, reported a quarterly profit compared with a year-ago loss, helped by an uptick in crude prices.
The Calgary-based company reported a net profit of C$245 million ($178.61 million), or 22 Canadian cents per share, compared with a loss of C$105 million, or 10 Canadian cents per share, a year earlier.
Canadian Natural's production rose nearly 4 percent to 876,907 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd). ($1 = 1.3717 Canadian dollars) (Reporting by John Benny in Bengaluru; Editing by Sunil Nair)