CANADA STOCKS-TSX ends barely higher as banks bounce, gold miners weigh

TORONTO, May 18 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index ended barely higher on Thursday, as financial stocks made back some of the sharp losses suffered in the prior session and gold miners fell as bullion slipped.

The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index unofficially closed up 3.52 points, or 0.02 percent, at 15,277.20. (Reporting by Alastair Sharp; Editing by Chris Reese)