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*Nikkei heavyweight Softbank falls on profit-taking after Alibaba. TOKYO, Sept 22- Japan's Nikkei share average dropped on Monday as investors booked gains in heavyweight Softbank after the listing of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, but the broader market held firm near six-year high.
*Nikon, Sumco, automakers lead gains. TOKYO, Sept 12- Japanese share prices rose for the fifth straight session to an eight-month high on Friday, with exporters leading the gains on the yen's weakness.
LONDON, Sept 5- Japan's Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group is confident it will buy more retail banks in the United States to vault it into the country's top 10 banks and allow it to make use of more dollar deposits, a top executive told Reuters. Domestic rivals, including Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group and Mizuho Financial Group, are also growing overseas.
TOKYO, Aug 20- Citigroup Inc is preparing to sell its Japanese retail banking operations, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said on Wednesday, as it waves the white flag on a venture plagued by regulatory troubles and anaemic lending.
Asian equity markets were mixed on Monday due to geopolitical tensions and weak economic data from the world's two largest economies.
*Argentine's default, Portugal bank woe hit financials despite limited exposure. TOKYO, Aug 4- Japanese stocks were flat on Monday after slipping to a one-week low in choppy early trade, as more losses on Wall Street and the conflict in Gaza and Ukraine sapped risk appetite.
TOKYO, July 31- Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group reported a far milder quarterly profit decline than its main banking rivals as aggressive overseas expansion dulled the impact of perennially weak loan demand at home.
Asian equities were mixed on Thursday as profit-taking overshadowed robust U.S. economic data overnight.
TOKYO, July 31- Two of Japan's three biggest banks saw profits fall at double-digit rates in the first quarter as gains in the value of shares the banks' owned grew at a far slower rate than last year, when government pro-growth pledges sparked a share price surge.
TOKYO, July 31- Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc on Thursday said net profit fell 5.8 percent in April-June in part due to expenses after acquiring Thailand's Bank of Ayudhya PCL. MUFG, which owns about one-fifth of Morgan Stanley, reported net profit of 240.5 billion yen in April-June from 255.3 billion yen a year earlier.
*Nintendo dives after dismal earnings. TOKYO, July 31- Japan's Nikkei share average rose to a fresh six-month high on Thursday after solid U.S. growth buoyed sentiment and as the weakening yen lifted exporters, while Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group's earnings boosted the banking sector.
Asian equities were mostly higher on Monday, led by a rally in Chinese markets, on optimism about the health of the world's second-largest economy.
Investors are paying close attention to this reporting season which will give insights into how profitability is holding up following the tax hike.
Japan will be the market to watch this week on the back of key data and as earnings season in the world's third-largest economy kicks into full gear.
The licence for New Kansai International Airport, which will be bundled with the operating rights for smaller Osaka International Airport, should fetch at least 2 trillion yen, Keiichi Ando, the chief executive of the government-owned New Kansai International Airport Co, told reporters.
Asian stocks were mixed on Friday on fears that issues at Portugal's biggest bank could hurt European periphery markets.
Asian equities were mostly lower on Tuesday, tracking U.S. declines, while caution set in ahead of the second-quarter earnings season.
*Mitsubishi UFJ, CIMB and TPG among suitors- bankers. *Targets include Rizal Commercial Banking Corp- bankers.
TOKYO, June 27- Four years after Japan tightened rules on the consumer finance industry- and wiped out thousands of non-bank moneylenders- some lawmakers in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party want to shift back to deregulation, arguing this would help small businesses access the cash they need and fuel economic growth.
TOKYO, June 18- Japan's Nikkei share average edged up on Wednesday morning, benefitting from gains on Wall Street and a weaker yen which drove exporters higher. Exporters were stronger after the dollar reached a one-week high of 102.25, with Panasonic Corp soaring 2.9 percent, Nissan Motor Co adding 0.5 percent and Tokyo Electron Ltd gaining 1.2 percent.