Russia shares higher at close of trade; MOEX Russia up 0.45%

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Russia shares higher at close of trade; MOEX Russia up 0.45%
Credit: © Reuters. – Russia equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Oil & Gas , Power and Manufacturing sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Moscow, the MOEX Russia rose 0.45% to hit a new 6-month high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the MOEX Russia were Lukoil (MCX: LKOH ), which rose 1.96% or 68.5 points to trade at 3569.5 at the close. MosEnrg (MCX: MSNG ) added 1.72% or 0.0460 points to end at 2.7200 and NK RussNeft PAO (MCX: RNFT ) was up 1.70% or 10.1 points to 605.1 in late trade.

Biggest losers included NLMK ao (MCX: NLMK ), which lost 4.27% or 6.54 points to trade at 146.46 in late trade. Yandex NV (MCX: YNDX ) declined 1.79% or 35.50 points to end at 1942.50 and Safmar Finansovye Investitsii PAO (MCX: SFIN ) shed 1.58% or 12.5 points to 776.5.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 129 to 78 and 21 ended unchanged on the Moscow Stock Exchange.

The Russian VIX , which measures the implied volatility of MOEX Russia options, was down 6.74% to 15.640.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was up 0.04% or 0.50 to $1322.10 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in February fell 0.97% or 0.60 to hit $61.41 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract fell 0.60% or 0.41 to trade at $67.66 a barrel.

USD/RUB was up 0.20% to 56.9893, while EUR/RUB fell 0.01% to 68.6375.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.13% at 91.72.

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