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Japan Banks: Financial Winners & Losers

(Updated to include change in share prices at market close; and comeback of BofA.)

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Thursday's market rout was unkind to the big-name financials, and the story was much the same on Friday. Bank of America (BAC - Get Report) was the only major financial stock to eek out a gain at the close, though calling a rise of 0.06% a gain shows just how bad things went for financials today.

John Paulson of Paulson & Co. predicted that Bank of America's value would double in two years time earlier this week. After today's less than 0.1% gain, his bullish call still faces an uphill battle. Looking for other positives, the losses at Morgan Stanley (symbol) and Lazard (symbol), financials that led Thursday's retreat , were much smaller, down 0.6% and 0.7% respectively.

Lazard, which received a ratings upgrade to 'buy' from Pali Capital, was trading up for most of the morning, though by mid-day it had gone back into negative territory on a percentage basis. Morgan may have received a little help from the announcement that it had finally unloaded an albatross of a real estate investment on Barclays Capital.
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The real winners, however, were the Japanese financials, with Nomura Holdings (NMR) up over 6% and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial (MTU - Get Report) up over 3.5% at the close.
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