CANADA STOCKS-TSX ends slightly higher as gold producers rise

March 12 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index ended slightly higher on Monday as gold producers overcame earlier declines and helped offset energy shares dragged lower by the price of oil.

* The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index unofficially closed up 26.98 points, or 0.17 percent, at 15,604.79.

(Reporting by Leah Schnurr in Ottawa; Editing by Peter Cooney)