CANADA STOCKS - TSX rises 1.55% to 18,990.32

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FILE PHOTO: A Toronto Stock Exchange sign adorns a doorway at the Exchange Tower building in Toronto

* The Toronto Stock Exchange's TSX rises 1.55 percent to 18,990.32

* Leading the index were Denison Mines Corp , up 8.0%, Colliers International Group Inc​, up 7.7%, and AcuityAds Holdings Inc​, higher by 7.3%.

* Lagging shares were Maple Leaf Foods Inc​​, down 1.7%, Aurora Cannabis Inc​, down 1.7%, and Aphria Inc​, lower by 1.5%.

* On the TSX 209 issues rose and 21 fell as a 10-to-1 ratio favored advancers. There were 12 new highs and no new lows, with total volume of 216.0 million shares.

* The most heavily traded shares by volume were Bank Of Nova Scotia, Power Corporation Of Canada and Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.

* The TSX's energy group rose 3.76 points, or 3.2%, while the financials sector climbed 2.10 points, or 0.6%.

* West Texas Intermediate crude futures rose 3.52%, or $2.08, to $61.24 a barrel. Brent crude rose 3.08%, or $1.93, to $64.67 [O/R]

* The TSX is up 8.9% for the year.