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TSX rises 0.54 percent

TSX rises 0.54 percent

(Reuters) - * The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX rose 77.51 points, or 0.54 percent, to 14,504.13. * Leading the index were New Gold Inc , up 6.7 percent, Laurentian Bank of Canada , up 6.3 percent, and Aphria Inc , higher by 5.8 percent. * Lagging shares were Kirkland Lake Gold Ltd , down 4.7 percent, Semafo Inc , down 4.3 percent, and Sandstorm Gold Ltd , lower by 3.7 percent. * On the TSX 168 issues rose and 68 fell as a 2.5-to-1 ratio favored advancers. There were 1 new highs and 1 new lows, with total volume of 251.8 million shares. ...