December 19, 2012 / 9:23 PM / in 5 years

CANADA STOCKS-TSX ends higher, banks lead on U.S. fiscal hopes

TORONTO, Dec 19 (Reuters) - The Toronto Stock Exchange's
S&P/TSX composite index finished stronger on Wednesday
with financial stocks leading the way on optimism that talks to
avoid the U.S. budget "fiscal cliff" would succeed.
    The TSX finished the session up 69.29 points, or 0.56
percent, at 12,403.63. Nine of the index's main groups were
positive.

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