CANADA STOCKS-TSX inches higher on Yellen news

Wed Oct 9, 2013 10:58am EDT
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* TSX up 15.78 points, or 0.12 percent, at 12,707.45

* Expected Yellen nomination for Fed chair provides some support

* Gold miners suffer as price of bullion falls

By Alastair Sharp

TORONTO, Oct 9 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index was slightly higher on Wednesday, with broad gains notched by banking, energy and telecom stocks offsetting a decline in gold mining stocks as investors took some comfort from the pending nomination of a new Federal Reserve chief.

The optimism about the nomination of Janet Yellen to run the U.S. central bank - she is expected to tread carefully in winding down economic stimulus that has bolstered stocks - was subdued however by the ongoing shutdown of the U.S. government.

"There was a spurt of optimism that came from the Yellen announcement, largely because the market is searching for any sense of certainty in this environment," said Craig Fehr, Canadian market strategist at Edward Jones in St. Louis, Missouri.

"At the end of the day however, as positive as that news might have been interpreted by the markets, the focus is remaining on Washington and we're seeing little progress toward addressing some of the issues that loom in the next several days."

The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index was up 15.78 points, or 0.12 percent, at 12,707.45 by mid-morning.   Continued...