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BUZZ-First Quantum Minerals: Falls as co denies takeover talks

** Shares of Canadian copper miner falls 10.3% to C$10.94, after denying takeover talks; biggest drag on S&P/TSX 60 INDEX

** Co says had no knowledge of any potential takeover bids but confirms it was in talks with Jiangxi Copper Co Ltd for a potential sale of a minority interest in its Zambian copper assets

** Scotiabank analysts says a minority stake in First Quantum's Zambian assets - Kansanshi and Sentinel - could fetch around $2 bln

** Co shares had risen about 20% since Bloomberg reported on Thursday that FM was attracting preliminary takeover interest and is working with defense advisers to weigh its options

** Including session losses, FM has risen 7/811% this year (Reporting by Arunima Kumar in Bengaluru)