Russia shares higher at close of trade; MOEX Russia up 1.86%

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Russia shares higher at close of trade; MOEX Russia up 1.86%
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 gained 1.86% to hit a new 1-month high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the MOEX Russia were SG mechel (MCX: MTLR ), which rose 3.43% or 3.50 points to trade at 105.50 at the close. NOVATEK (MCX: NVTK ) added 3.32% or 29.00 points to end at 903.70 and X5 Retail Group NV (MCX: FIVEDR ) was up 3.31% or 54.5 points to 1700.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Aeroflot (MCX: AFLT ), which lost 7.71% or 10.80 points to trade at 129.20 in late trade. Rostelecom (MCX: RTKM ) declined 3.20% or 2.40 points to end at 72.50 and Magnit (MCX: MGNT ) shed 2.20% or 102.0 points to 4528.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 118 to 90 and 25 ended unchanged on the Moscow Stock Exchange.

The Russian VIX , which measures the implied volatility of MOEX Russia options, was down 0.85% to 23.220.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was up 0.38% or 4.80 to $1258.30 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in August fell 1.31% or 0.97 to hit $73.17 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract fell 0.38% or 0.30 to trade at $77.94 a barrel.

USD/RUB was down 0.23% to 63.0908, while EUR/RUB rose 0.12% to 73.7483.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.08% at 94.11.

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