CANADA STOCKS-TSX ends higher as Bank of Canada lifts banks

Thu Oct 22, 2009 4:12pm EDT
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 TORONTO, Oct 22 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index
finished higher on Thursday as investor optimism buoyed
financial issues after the Bank of Canada said the domestic
economy is recovering faster than expected.
 The central bank cautioned challenges lay ahead, but
investors took the opportunity to pile into banks and insurance
issues, with all five big Canadian banks in the top 10 notable
 The S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE unofficially closed
up 87.44 points, or 0.76 percent, at 11,529.46.
 (Reporting by Ka Yan Ng; editing by Peter Galloway)