Russia shares higher at close of trade; MOEX Russia up 0.42%

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Russia shares higher at close of trade; MOEX Russia up 0.42%
Credit: © Reuters. – Russia equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Mining , Power and Oil & Gas sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Moscow, the MOEX Russia gained 0.42% to hit a new 1-month high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the MOEX Russia were United Company Rusal Plc (MCX: RUAL ), which rose 3.95% or 1.190 points to trade at 31.285 at the close. Moskovskaya Birzha OAO (MCX: MOEX ) added 3.90% or 3.30 points to end at 88.00 and SG mechel (MCX: MTLR ) was up 2.31% or 1.72 points to 76.16 in late trade.

Biggest losers included PIK (MCX: PIKK ), which lost 1.42% or 5.30 points to trade at 368.90 in late trade. MTS (MCX: MTSS ) declined 1.25% or 3.20 points to end at 252.80 and Tatneft OAO Pref (MCX: TATN_p ) shed 0.98% or 5.00 points to 505.80.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 149 to 66 and 15 ended unchanged on the Moscow Stock Exchange.

The Russian VIX , which measures the implied volatility of MOEX Russia options, was down 2.92% to 24.260.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was up 0.19% or 2.45 to $1289.85 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in February fell 1.33% or 0.70 to hit $51.89 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract fell 1.38% or 0.85 to trade at $60.83 a barrel.

USD/RUB was up 0.09% to 66.9719, while EUR/RUB fell 0.15% to 76.8216.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.12% at 95.238.

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