Russia shares higher at close of trade; MICEX up 0.26%

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Russia shares higher at close of trade; MICEX up 0.26%
Credit: © Reuters. – Russia equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Power , Oil & Gas and Mining sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Moscow, the MICEX added 0.26%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the MICEX were AFK Sistema (MCX: AFKS ), which rose 6.14% or 0.655 points to trade at 11.320 at the close. United Company Rusal Plc (MCX: RUAL ) added 2.13% or 0.760 points to end at 36.450 and NOVATEK (MCX: NVTK ) was up 2.08% or 13.50 points to 663.50 in late trade.

Biggest losers included NK RussNeft PAO (MCX: RNFT ), which lost 5.58% or 27.9 points to trade at 472.2 in late trade. Aeroflot (MCX: AFLT ) declined 2.85% or 4.35 points to end at 148.15 and Detskiy Mir PAO (MCX: DSKY ) shed 2.57% or 2.80 points to 106.00.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 114 to 109 and 15 ended unchanged on the Moscow Stock Exchange.

The Russian VIX , which measures the implied volatility of MICEX options, was up 14.67% to 20.240 a new 1-month high.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.68% or 8.67 to $1281.87 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in January rose 1.95% or 1.12 to hit $58.52 a barrel, while the February Brent oil contract rose 2.01% or 1.26 to trade at $63.89 a barrel.

USD/RUB was up 0.96% to 58.9990, while EUR/RUB rose 1.05% to 70.2539.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.18% at 92.80.

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