Santiago's blue-chip IPSA stock index ended higher after
the European Central Bank's second offering of cheap three-year
funds and data showed that Chilean domestic demand remained firm
in January and economic activity slowed less than feared.
The IPSA ended a preliminary 0.33 percent higher Wednesday,
rising an accumulated 6.5 percent in February and 8.7 percent
since the year began.
Among gainers, fuel and industrial conglomerate Copec
increased 1.65 percent, retail holding giant Cencosud
climbed 0.93 percent, and integrated steel and iron ore
maker Cap added 0.87 percent.