Russia shares higher at close of trade; MOEX Russia up 1.40%

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Russia shares higher at close of trade; MOEX Russia up 1.40% – Russia equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Oil & Gas , Mining and Power sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Moscow, the MOEX Russia rose 1.40% to hit a new 1-month high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the MOEX Russia were Lukoil (MCX: LKOH ), which rose 3.49% or 148.0 points to trade at 4383.0 at the close. Gazprom PAO (MCX: GAZP ) added 2.95% or 4.32 points to end at 150.70 and Moskovskaya Birzha OAO (MCX: MOEX ) was up 2.55% or 3.06 points to 123.06 in late trade.

Biggest losers included NPK OVK PAO (MCX: UWGN ), which lost 2.43% or 18.0 points to trade at 721.5 in late trade. Aeroflot (MCX: AFLT ) declined 1.65% or 2.30 points to end at 137.50 and Polyus OAO (MCX: PLZL ) shed 1.33% or 52.0 points to 3868.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 117 to 88 and 26 ended unchanged on the Moscow Stock Exchange.

The Russian VIX , which measures the implied volatility of MOEX Russia options, was down 17.76% to 17.740 a new 3-month low.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was down 0.05% or 0.70 to $1321.60 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in June fell 0.53% or 0.38 to hit $70.98 a barrel, while the July Brent oil contract fell 0.18% or 0.14 to trade at $77.33 a barrel.

USD/RUB was up 0.32% to 61.9088, while EUR/RUB rose 0.71% to 74.0500.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.27% at 92.32.

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