Russia shares higher at close of trade; MOEX Russia up 1.54%

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Russia shares higher at close of trade; MOEX Russia up 1.54%
Credit: © Reuters. – Russia equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Oil & Gas , Telecoms and Power sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Moscow, the MOEX Russia gained 1.54%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the MOEX Russia were X5 Retail Group NV (MCX: FIVEDR ), which rose 7.38% or 95.0 points to trade at 1382.0 at the close. United Company Rusal Plc (MCX: RUAL ) added 5.44% or 1.480 points to end at 28.690 and Sberbank Rossii PAO (MCX: SBER ) was up 3.55% or 6.58 points to 191.85 in late trade.

Biggest losers included ALROSA ao (MCX: ALRS ), which lost 3.96% or 4.000 points to trade at 97.000 in late trade. Inter rao ees (MCX: IRAO ) declined 1.87% or 0.0740 points to end at 3.8840 and Severstal - ao (MCX: CHMF ) shed 0.75% or 8.00 points to 1057.00.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 142 to 57 and 19 ended unchanged on the Moscow Stock Exchange.

The Russian VIX , which measures the implied volatility of MOEX Russia options, was down 2.67% to 26.560.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.40% or 4.90 to $1222.70 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in November rose 0.07% or 0.05 to hit $71.02 a barrel, while the December Brent oil contract fell 0.61% or 0.49 to trade at $79.77 a barrel.

USD/RUB was up 0.09% to 66.3266, while EUR/RUB fell 0.21% to 76.6500.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.25% at 94.93.

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