TOKYO, April 30 Nomura Holdings,
Japan's biggest investment banking and brokerage group, reported
a 26 percent fall in quarterly profit as waning enthusiasm over
economic stimulus policies brought down stock trading volumes.
Nomura, in a statement on Wednesday, said net profit
totalled 61.3 billion yen ($597.76 million) in January-March
from 82.4 billion yen in the same quarter a year earlier.
The result compared with the 41 billion yen mean estimate of
5 analysts polled by Thomson Reuters.
Shares of Nomura closed 2.7 percent lower ahead of the
release, compared with a 0.1 percent gain in the benchmark
(Reporting by Ritsuko Ando and Nathan Layne; Editing by