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.» Read More
*Fed buys $1.25 bln bonds due 2036-2044. *Fed to purchase $2.25 bln- $2.75 bln notes due 2021-2024 Thursday. NEW YORK, Feb 19- U.S.
*U.S. housing starts, permits tumble in January. NEW YORK, Feb 19- U.S. stocks edged lower on Wednesday with the S&P 500 facing technical resistance near its record high, while economic data continued to be blurred by extreme weather. Goldman Sachs lowered its first-quarter growth estimate by a tenth of a percentage point to a 1.8 percent annual rate.
*A' clear presumption' of more $10- bln cuts to bond buys. Feb 19- Several Federal Reserve policymakers wanted to drive home the idea that their asset-purchase program would be trimmed in predictable, $10- billion steps unless there is a big economic surprise this year, according to minutes of their last meeting.
ROME, Feb 19- Italian Prime Minister-designate Matteo Renzi said he expected his new government to be in place in time for a formal vote of confidence in parliament on Monday, after he wrapped up consultations with the main political parties.
President Barack Obama warned Ukraine on Wednesday that there would be consequences if the violence in Kiev continues, saying the United States holds the Ukrainian government responsible for dealing peacefully with protesters.
BRUSSELS, Feb 19- The European Union will on Thursday decide whether to impose financial and travel restrictions on Ukraine after the death of two dozen protesters in Kiev, even though diplomats have doubts about the effectiveness of sanctions.
NEW YORK, Feb 19- Lululemon Athletica Inc says its nearly year-long struggle with bad publicity linked to slowing growth and a messy product recall did not reflect any corporate intent to defraud shareholders, and that an expanded lawsuit suggesting otherwise should be thrown out of court.
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 19- Google Inc is exploring a major expansion of super-fast cable TV and Internet web to deliver its content and services by extending its nascent Fiber network to 34 more cities across the United States.
LONDON, Feb 19- The devaluation of Kazakhstan's rouble-shadowing tenge has left investors wondering which other closely managed emerging market currencies might be next, with those of commodity exporters like Nigeria and Angola in the spotlight.
Natural gas futures for March delivery settled up 59.8 cents at $6.149 per million British thermal units, after jumping as much as 72.4 cents, or 13 percent, to $6.275 per mmBtu, the highest since December 2008. "This test of $6.00 stinks of speculative involvement," Aaron Calder, senior market analyst with Gelber& Associates in Houston, said in a client note.
WASHINGTON, Feb 19- The United States' economic outlook remains good even if bad weather took a toll on growth at the end of 2013 and early 2014, a top Fed official said on Wednesday.
BAGHDAD, Feb 19- Iraqi Kurdistan has agreed to export crude via the country's main oil marketing body, Deputy Prime Minister for energy Hussain al-Shahristani said on Wednesday, potentially removing a major sticking point in a row with the central government.
BOCA RATON, Fla., Feb 19- Nespresso is launching a new single-serve coffee brewer that makes larger American-sized portions, putting its Swiss parent Nestle in direct competition with U.S. market leader Green Mountain Coffee Roasters.
The ruling also allows the inclusion of Oleo e Gas overseas unit OGX International. "The decision recognized the needs of international commerce," said Marcio Costa, a lawyer for Sergio Bermudes Advogados in Rio de Janeiro which represents Oleo e Gas.
WASHINGTON, Feb 19- The Pentagon renewed warnings on Wednesday for Ukraine to keep its armed forces away from swelling anti-government protests, as the country reeled from its worst violence since its independence from the Soviet Union.
BAGHDAD, Feb 19- Iraq's Deputy Prime Minister for Energy said the Kurds had agreed to export crude from their autonomous region via the State Oil Marketing Organisation, potentially easing a major sticking point in an ongoing row between them.
TOLUCA, Mexico, Feb 19- President Barack Obama warned on Wednesday that there would be consequences if violence continues in Ukraine, saying the Ukrainian military should not step into a situation that could be resolved by civilians.
OBAMA SAYS UKRAINE MILITARY SHOULD NOT STEP INTO SITUATION THAT SHOULD BE RESOLVED BY CIVILIANS.
OBAMA SAYS US CONDEMNS UKRAINE VIOLENCE IN STRONGEST POSSIBLE TERMS.