Russia shares lower at close of trade; MOEX Russia down 0.70%

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Russia shares lower at close of trade; MOEX Russia down 0.70%
Credit: © Reuters. – Russia equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Telecoms , Oil & Gas and Manufacturing sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Moscow, the MOEX Russia fell 0.70%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the MOEX Russia were X5 Retail Group NV (MCX: FIVEDR ), which rose 4.13% or 73.0 points to trade at 1840.0 at the close. NLMK ao (MCX: NLMK ) added 2.56% or 4.02 points to end at 161.10 and Severstal - ao (MCX: CHMF ) was up 2.02% or 19.40 points to 980.70 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Gazprom PAO (MCX: GAZP ), which lost 4.83% or 7.02 points to trade at 138.29 in late trade. SG mechel (MCX: MTLR ) declined 3.31% or 3.30 points to end at 96.25 and NPK OVK PAO (MCX: UWGN ) shed 3.15% or 19.5 points to 599.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 111 to 105 and 18 ended unchanged on the Moscow Stock Exchange.

The Russian VIX , which measures the implied volatility of MOEX Russia options, was up 0.85% to 23.800.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was down 0.08% or 1.00 to $1226.30 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in September rose 0.30% or 0.20 to hit $67.36 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract rose 0.79% or 0.57 to trade at $72.73 a barrel.

USD/RUB was up 0.64% to 62.9964, while EUR/RUB rose 0.63% to 73.4312.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.02% at 94.75.

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