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

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Russia shares higher at close of trade; MOEX Russia up 0.79%
Credit: © Reuters. – 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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