Russia shares higher at close of trade; MOEX Russia up 1.01%

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Russia shares higher at close of trade; MOEX Russia up 1.01%
Credit: © Reuters. – Russia equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Telecoms , Oil & Gas and Power sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Moscow, the MOEX Russia rose 1.01%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the MOEX Russia were Sberbank Rossii PAO (MCX: SBER ), which rose 4.02% or 8.04 points to trade at 207.95 at the close. United Company Rusal Plc (MCX: RUAL ) added 3.76% or 0.890 points to end at 24.530 and Sberbank Rossii OAO Pref (MCX: SBER_p ) was up 3.02% or 5.39 points to 183.66 in late trade.

Biggest losers included X5 Retail Group NV (MCX: FIVEDR ), which lost 3.04% or 53.0 points to trade at 1690.0 in late trade. Severstal - ao (MCX: CHMF ) declined 1.81% or 17.10 points to end at 925.30 and MMK (MCX: MAGN ) shed 1.50% or 0.665 points to 43.680.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 115 to 91 and 19 ended unchanged on the Moscow Stock Exchange.

The Russian VIX , which measures the implied volatility of MOEX Russia options, was up 2.98% to 24.510.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was down 0.31% or 3.90 to $1256.00 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in August rose 3.42% or 2.41 to hit $72.94 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract rose 2.15% or 1.64 to trade at $77.78 a barrel.

USD/RUB was up 0.16% to 63.1336, while EUR/RUB fell 0.44% to 73.0999.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.51% at 94.84.

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