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*Traders eye U.S. jobs report, China industrial output this week. LONDON, Dec 6- Copper dipped on Thursday as the euro fell against the dollar ahead of a European Central Bank rate decision and investors remained uneasy about progress in talks in the United States to avoid the "fiscal cliff" of spending cuts and tax rises.
*GDF Suez slumps 12 pct after profit warning. LONDON, Dec 6- European stock markets hit fresh 2012 highs on Thursday, boosted by chemicals group Bayer and defence firm EADS, and some traders eyed more rallies after equity indexes broke key resistance levels.
TORONTO, Dec 6- Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce reported a 13 percent increase in quarterly earnings, driven by higher income from its wholesale banking and wealth management businesses.
Dec 6- Lawyers for Samsung Electronics Co Ltd filed a redacted copy of a 10- year patent licensing agreement between Apple Inc and Taiwan's HTC Corp in a U.S. court late on Wednesday following a judge's order.
*Apple's smartphone mkt share rank drops two notches in Q3 vs Q2. HONG KONG, Dec 6- Apple Inc's rank in China's smartphone market, which is set to become the world's largest this year, fell to No.6 in the third quarter as it faced tough competition from Chinese brands, research firm IDC said on Thursday.
*Tanks deploy outside presidential palace in Cairo. CAIRO, Dec 6- Islamists and their rivals clashed in an outbreak of stone-throwing near the presidential palace in Cairo on Thursday, even though Egyptian army tanks had moved in to try to halt violence that has killed seven people.
LONDON, Dec 6- Gold prices steadied above $1,690 an ounce on Thursday, as buyers took to the sidelines ahead of a European Central Bank policy announcement, and on uncertainty over negotiations to avert a U.S. fiscal crisis.
CIBC, Canada's fifth-largest bank, said on Thursday that it had earned C $852 million, or C $2.02 a share, in the fourth quarter ended on Oct. 31, compared with C $757 million, or C $1.79 a share, a year earlier.
Dec 6- H&R Block Inc, the biggest U.S. tax preparer, reported a narrower-than-expected quarterly loss as its cost-reduction measures continued to pay off. Net loss from continuing operations for the second quarter fell to $101 million, or 37 cents per share, from $123 million, or 41 cents per share, a year earlier.
WASHINGTON, Dec 6- President Barack Obama takes his "fiscal-cliff" campaign to the home of a family in Northern Virginia on Thursday to illustrate the impact of letting taxes go up on the middle class, as signs emerge that Republicans are contemplating a change in strategy in their battle with Democrats over deficit reduction.
EADS shares were up 7.5 percent at 1025 GMT on Thursday as investors welcomed Wednesday's deal for France and Germany to limit their influence in the parent of planemaker Airbus, as well as news EADS will buy back up to 15 percent of its stock.
"Our party will vote in favour of the government tomorrow," the Bahujan Samaj Party leader, Mayawati, said during a debate on a policy that would bring global chains such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc to India's $450 billion retail sector.
HONG KONG/ LONDON, Dec 6- Standard Chartered expects to pay $330 million to settle a case with U.S. regulators for breaking sanctions on Iran, the Asian-focused bank said on Thursday, a second such penalty which could almost wipe out its profit growth this year.
KIEV, Dec 6- It was hailed as a historic $1 billion deal marking a major step towards ending Ukraine's reliance on imported Russian gas.
*Europe's FTSEurofirst 300 index up 0.75 pct, at 2012 high. LONDON, Dec 6- European stocks hit their highs for the year on Thursday while the euro slipped as investors awaited the outcome of a European Central Bank policy meeting for signs of any future rate cuts.
A U.S. port workers union has accused APM Terminals, a port operator of A.P. Moller-Maersk, of spying on union representatives in Los Angeles by tapping their phones.
BRUSSELS, Dec 6- Exports saved the euro zone from a deeper recession in the third quarter of this year while companies emptied warehouses and cut investments, putting the onus on trade to drive a recovery.
TORONTO, Dec 6- Research In Motion outlined a step-by-step program on Thursday to help its large base of enterprise clients transition across to its soon to be launched new BlackBerry 10 platform. RIM is betting that the new devices, set to be launched on Jan. 30, will revive its fortunes.
*Yuan in Hong Kong trades 172 pips firmer than onshore. SHANGHAI, Dec 6- The People's Bank of China forced the yuan to end lower against the dollar on Thursday, but trading remained deadlocked at the day's limit-up level as the market baulked at doing transactions at the rates decided by the central bank, traders said.
COPENHAGEN, Dec 6- A U.S. port workers union has accused APM Terminals, a port operator of A.P. Moller-Maersk, of spying on union representatives in Los Angeles by tapping their phones.