Russia shares higher at close of trade; MOEX Russia up 0.83%

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Russia shares higher at close of trade; MOEX Russia up 0.83% – Russia equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Oil & Gas , Mining and Power sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Moscow, the MOEX Russia rose 0.83% to hit a new 1-month high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the MOEX Russia were Magnit (MCX: MGNT ), which rose 3.56% or 131.5 points to trade at 3830.0 at the close. Aeroflot (MCX: AFLT ) added 3.02% or 3.08 points to end at 105.14 and Polyus OAO (MCX: PLZL ) was up 2.64% or 139.0 points to 5414.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Rostelecom (MCX: RTKM ), which lost 3.23% or 2.38 points to trade at 71.38 in late trade. X5 Retail Group NV (MCX: FIVEDR ) declined 1.81% or 32.5 points to end at 1759.5 and Inter rao ees (MCX: IRAO ) shed 1.00% or 0.0400 points to 3.9425.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 128 to 86 and 15 ended unchanged on the Moscow Stock Exchange.

The Russian VIX , which measures the implied volatility of MOEX Russia options, was up 0.61% to 24.870.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was down 0.23% or 2.95 to $1289.05 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in February fell 0.40% or 0.21 to hit $52.15 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract fell 0.28% or 0.17 to trade at $61.27 a barrel.

USD/RUB was up 0.39% to 66.9904, while EUR/RUB rose 0.02% to 77.1184.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.25% at 95.023.

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