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Russia shares higher at close of trade; MOEX Russia up 0.79%

Published 21-03-2018, 10:35 pm
© Reuters.  Russia shares higher at close of trade; MOEX Russia up 0.79%

Investing.com – Russia equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Mining, Oil & Gas and Power sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Moscow, the MOEX Russia gained 0.79%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the MOEX Russia were Sberbank Rossii OAO Pref (MCX:SBER_p), which rose 7.61% or 15.70 points to trade at 222.00 at the close. Sberbank Rossii PAO (MCX:SBER) added 4.56% or 11.73 points to end at 268.88 and MMK (MCX:MAGN) was up 4.44% or 1.965 points to 46.195 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Polyus OAO (MCX:PLZL), which lost 2.24% or 105.0 points to trade at 4575.0 in late trade. PhosAgro ao (MCX:PHOR) declined 1.71% or 40.0 points to end at 2300.0 and Gazprom PAO (MCX:GAZP) shed 0.66% or 0.94 points to 141.51.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 124 to 92 and 20 ended unchanged on the Moscow Stock Exchange.

The Russian VIX, which measures the implied volatility of MOEX Russia options, was down 0.39% to 20.270 a new 1-month low.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was up 0.93% or 12.20 to $1324.10 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in May rose 2.27% or 1.44 to hit $64.98 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract rose 2.46% or 1.66 to trade at $69.08 a barrel.

USD/RUB was down 0.35% to 57.3112, while EUR/RUB fell 0.19% to 70.2747.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.28% at 89.76.

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