Russia shares higher at close of trade; MOEX Russia up 0.82%

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Russia shares higher at close of trade; MOEX Russia up 0.82%
Credit: © Reuters. – Russia equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Power , Mining and Telecoms sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Moscow, the MOEX Russia added 0.82%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the MOEX Russia were SG mechel (MCX: MTLR ), which rose 7.17% or 7.60 points to trade at 113.60 at the close. Safmar Finansovye Investitsii PAO (MCX: SFIN ) added 6.58% or 39.5 points to end at 639.5 and MMC Norilsk Nickel (MCX: GMKN ) was up 4.94% or 488.0 points to 10376.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Yandex NV (MCX: YNDX ), which lost 3.50% or 78.50 points to trade at 2161.50 in late trade. MegaFon OAO (MCX: MFON ) declined 2.28% or 10.40 points to end at 445.80 and Lukoil (MCX: LKOH ) shed 2.24% or 91.0 points to 3979.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 159 to 61 and 16 ended unchanged on the Moscow Stock Exchange.

The Russian VIX , which measures the implied volatility of MOEX Russia options, was down 7.36% to 34.500.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was down 1.45% or 19.70 to $1340.30 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in May fell 0.18% or 0.12 to hit $66.70 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract fell 0.51% or 0.37 to trade at $71.69 a barrel.

USD/RUB was down 1.01% to 61.9477, while EUR/RUB fell 1.47% to 76.2928.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.33% at 89.51.

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