UPDATE 1-Daimler calls report of Smart sale "speculation"

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(Adds details, background) FRANKFURT, Nov 17 (Reuters) - DaimlerChrysler dismissed as "speculation" on Thursday a magazine report that designated Chief Executive Dieter Zetsche is open to the idea of selling its loss-making Smart small car business. Shares in the world's fifth-biggest carmaker had gained more than 2 percent on the report in Germany's manager magazin that cited management board sources as saying Zetsche would entertain the idea of selling a stake "from 10 to 100 percent" ...

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