Russia shares higher at close of trade; MOEX Russia up 1.34%

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Russia shares higher at close of trade; MOEX Russia up 1.34% – Russia equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Oil & Gas , Power and Telecoms sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Moscow, the MOEX Russia added 1.34%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the MOEX Russia were X5 Retail Group NV (MCX: FIVEDR ), which rose 6.20% or 89.5 points to trade at 1532.0 at the close. Lukoil (MCX: LKOH ) added 4.72% or 225.0 points to end at 4995.0 and Sberbank Rossii PAO (MCX: SBER ) was up 3.87% or 7.01 points to 188.01 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Safmar Finansovye Investitsii PAO (MCX: SFIN ), which lost 4.41% or 31.2 points to trade at 676.6 in late trade. NOVATEK (MCX: NVTK ) declined 4.15% or 45.00 points to end at 1039.00 and GidroOGK-011D (MCX: HYDR ) shed 3.00% or 0.0166 points to 0.5371.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 120 to 81 and 22 ended unchanged on the Moscow Stock Exchange.

The Russian VIX , which measures the implied volatility of MOEX Russia options, was up 0.68% to 28.010.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.16% or 2.00 to $1231.40 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in December rose 1.66% or 1.10 to hit $67.53 a barrel, while the December Brent oil contract rose 1.18% or 0.90 to trade at $77.34 a barrel.

USD/RUB was down 0.28% to 65.3300, while EUR/RUB fell 0.98% to 74.4100.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.43% at 96.12.

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