Russia shares higher at close of trade; MICEX up 0.95%

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Russia shares higher at close of trade; MICEX up 0.95%
Credit: © Reuters. – Russia equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Manufacturing , Oil & Gas and Telecoms sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Moscow, the MICEX rose 0.95% to hit a new 6-month high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the MICEX were Sberbank Rossii OAO Pref (MCX: SBER_p ), which rose 7.07% or 12.61 points to trade at 191.06 at the close. Sberbank Rossii PAO (MCX: SBER ) added 5.24% or 10.96 points to end at 220.05 and Polyus OAO (MCX: PLZL ) was up 2.22% or 107.0 points to 4930.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Severstal - ao (MCX: CHMF ), which lost 2.96% or 27.00 points to trade at 884.50 in late trade. AFK Sistema (MCX: AFKS ) declined 2.55% or 0.340 points to end at 12.980 and Yandex NV (MCX: YNDX ) shed 2.35% or 45.50 points to 1890.00.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 112 to 110 and 16 ended unchanged on the Moscow Stock Exchange.

The Russian VIX , which measures the implied volatility of MICEX options, was up 10.82% to 18.030.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.14% or 1.80 to $1285.50 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in December rose 0.74% or 0.42 to hit $57.23 a barrel, while the January Brent oil contract rose 0.74% or 0.47 to trade at $63.96 a barrel.

USD/RUB was up 0.05% to 59.2846, while EUR/RUB rose 0.51% to 69.0125.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.35% at 94.44.

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