Sept 26 (Reuters) - Canada’s main stock index climbed on Wednesday, supported by banking stocks ahead of a widely expected interest rate hike by the U.S. Federal Reserve.
* At 9:49 a.m. ET (1349 GMT), the Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was up 52.06 points, or 0.32 percent, at 16,211.56.
* Wall Street’s three main indices edged higher, as investors widely expected a third interest rate hike by the U.S. central bank while awaiting for clues about the pace of further monetary policy tightening.
* Nine of the index’s 11 major sectors were trading higher, led by a 0.4 percent rise in the financial sector.
* Shares of Bank of Nova Scotia, Royal Bank of Canada, Bank of Montreal and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce each rose between 0.5 percent and 0.8 percent.
* The industrials sector gained 0.4 percent.
* The energy sector inched up 0.1 percent. U.S. crude prices per barrel were down 0.7 percent, while Brent crude lost 0.8 percent.
* The top decliner was the materials sector, which lost 1.1 percent as spot gold fell 0.5 percent to $1,194.79 an ounce, while copper prices declined 0.5 percent to $6,285 a tonne.
* The top gainers on the TSX were Magna International , which jumped 1.7 percent and Dream Office REIT , which rose 1.5 percent.
* Pretium Resources fell 3.5 percent, the most on the TSX. The second biggest decliner was CES Energy Solutions Corp, with a 3.3 percent slide.
* The most heavily traded shares by volume were Royal Nickel , Aurora Cannabis and Trevali Mining.
* The TSX posted one new 52-week high and two new lows.
* Across all Canadian issues there were five new 52-week highs and 12 new lows, with total volume of 36.74 million shares. (Reporting by Medha Singh in Bengaluru)