CANADA STOCKS - TSX falls 0.03% to 18,700.67

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* The Toronto Stock Exchange's TSX falls 0.03 percent to 18,700.67

* Leading the index were Lithium Americas Corp , up 11.7%, West Fraser Timber Co Ltd​, up 8.2%, and Silvercrest Metals Inc​, higher by 7.2%.

* Lagging shares were BlackBerry Ltd​​, down 10.5%, Russel Metals Inc​, down 2.9%, and Rogers Communications Inc​, lower by 2.8%.

* On the TSX 113 issues rose and 115 fell as a 1-to-1 ratio favored decliners. There were 9 new highs and no new lows, with total volume of 272.3 million shares.

* The most heavily traded shares by volume were Toronto-dominion Bank, Bank Of Nova Scotia and Telus Corp.

* The TSX's energy group fell 0.88 points, or 0.7%, while the financials sector slipped 3.58 points, or 1.0%.

* West Texas Intermediate crude futures fell 1.85%, or $1.12, to $59.43 a barrel. Brent crude fell 0.89%, or $0.57, to $63.57 [O/R]

* The TSX is up 7.3% for the year.