Russia shares higher at close of trade; MOEX Russia up 1.35%

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Russia shares higher at close of trade; MOEX Russia up 1.35%
Credit: © Reuters. – 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 added 1.35%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the MOEX Russia were X5 Retail Group NV (MCX: FIVEDR ), which rose 4.65% or 91.0 points to trade at 2050.0 at the close. VTB (MCX: VTBR ) added 2.83% or 0.0015 points to end at 0.0539 and Sberbank Rossii OAO Pref (MCX: SBER_p ) was up 3.02% or 6.45 points to 220.30 in late trade.

Biggest losers included SG mechel (MCX: MTLR ), which lost 4.26% or 5.80 points to trade at 130.40 in late trade. NK RussNeft PAO (MCX: RNFT ) declined 1.97% or 11.0 points to end at 547.0 and AFK Sistema (MCX: AFKS ) shed 0.52% or 0.060 points to 11.440.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 123 to 87 and 21 ended unchanged on the Moscow Stock Exchange.

The Russian VIX , which measures the implied volatility of MOEX Russia options, was down 0.64% to 21.720.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was down 0.85% or 11.40 to $1328.80 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in May rose 0.39% or 0.25 to hit $63.62 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract rose 0.56% or 0.38 to trade at $68.40 a barrel.

USD/RUB was up 0.47% to 57.7118, while EUR/RUB rose 0.12% to 70.6337.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.41% at 90.15.

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