Russia shares higher at close of trade; MOEX Russia up 0.33%

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Russia shares higher at close of trade; MOEX Russia up 0.33%
Credit: © Reuters. – Russia equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Mining , Power and Oil & Gas sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Moscow, the MOEX Russia gained 0.33%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the MOEX Russia were Polymetal International PLC (MCX: POLY ), which rose 3.11% or 19.10 points to trade at 633.00 at the close. Yandex NV (MCX: YNDX ) added 3.04% or 65.00 points to end at 2200.00 and MMC Norilsk Nickel (MCX: GMKN ) was up 2.27% or 261.0 points to 11761.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Aeroflot (MCX: AFLT ), which lost 1.85% or 2.60 points to trade at 137.70 in late trade. Lenta Ltd (MCX: LNTADR ) declined 1.67% or 6 points to end at 384 and Severstal - ao (MCX: CHMF ) shed 1.23% or 11.60 points to 930.00.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 105 to 105 and 20 ended unchanged on the Moscow Stock Exchange.

The Russian VIX , which measures the implied volatility of MOEX Russia options, was up 1.23% to 23.810.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was up 1.39% or 18.50 to $1348.90 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in March rose 0.25% or 0.15 to hit $59.34 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract rose 0.48% or 0.30 to trade at $63.02 a barrel.

USD/RUB was down 0.93% to 57.0935, while EUR/RUB fell 0.68% to 70.7406.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.35% at 89.29.

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