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LONDON, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Financial spreadbetters predicted Britain's FTSE 100 to open 37 to 44 points higher, or up as much as 0.8 percent, Germany's DAX to gain 91 to 105 points, or as much as 1.1 percent, and France's CAC 40 to rise 37 to 41 points, or as much as 1 percent, on Tuesday.
The French bank is looking at the possible sale of stakes in over three dozen regional banks in a deal that could be worth about 17 billion euros to boost its capital, Bloomberg News reported.
The Netherlands has chosen ABN Amro, Citigroup and Deutsche Bank to coordinate the possible listing of state-owned insurer ASR, the state agency in charge said.
Volkswagen plans to hire Louis Freeh, former head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), to help the carmaker deal with authorities in the United States investigating an emissions scandal, Sueddeutsche Zeitung said.
Also, sources have said that VW's steering committee is due to discuss on Tuesday the state of play in the emissions scandal.
VW plans to continue efforts to push diesel engine technology in the United States, Chief Executive Mueller told RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland, a consortium of 30 newspapers.
Separately, South Korea plans to file a criminal complaint against the head of Volkswagen and Audi's local unit on Tuesday, saying that a recall plan for emissions-cheating cars fell short of legal requirements.
The consumer goods company will continue its strategy of seeking sustainable growth under new Chief Executive Hans Van Bylen, a step which includes the possibility of large acquisitions, supervisory board chair Simone Bagel-Trah told Rheinische Post.
Q4 results due at 0700 GMT. Adjusted earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) are seen up 11 percent at 73 million euros ($79.4 million). Poll:
The business software maker reported a 4 percent gain in fourth-quarter earnings before interest, tax and amortisation (EBITA) to 92.2 million euros and forecast a 2016 EBITA margin of 30-31 percent, compared with 30 in the full year 2015.
British insurer Prudential Plc said on Tuesday its solvency capital ratio was 190 percent on June 30, 2015 under new European rules for insurers.
Global miner Rio Tinto plans to increase iron ore production and shipments in 2016, defying a collapse in prices as it takes advantage of its position as the world's lowest cost producer.
Zurich Insurance said it welcomed the lifting of Iranian sanctions and would look into insurance cover for corporate customers doing business with Iran.
The price of oil has the potential to fall further this year but could rebound in 2017 on the back of a stronger global economy, the chairman of Swiss engineering group ABB told local television. (Reporting by Atul Prakash)