Russia shares lower at close of trade; MOEX Russia down 1.17%

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Russia shares lower at close of trade; MOEX Russia down 1.17%
Credit: © Reuters. – Russia equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Oil & Gas , Power and Telecoms sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Moscow, the MOEX Russia fell 1.17%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the MOEX Russia were NPK OVK PAO (MCX: UWGN ), which rose 22.72% or 118.7 points to trade at 641.2 at the close. Ros Agro PLC (MCX: AGRODR ) added 0.86% or 7 points to end at 825 and Severstal - ao (MCX: CHMF ) was up 0.69% or 7.00 points to 1026.00 in late trade.

Biggest losers included United Company Rusal Plc (MCX: RUAL ), which lost 3.35% or 1.045 points to trade at 30.150 in late trade. Trubnaya Metallurgicheskaya Kompaniya OAO (MCX: TRMK ) declined 2.85% or 1.52 points to end at 51.78 and AFK Sistema (MCX: AFKS ) shed 2.63% or 0.260 points to 9.640.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 150 to 70 and 16 ended unchanged on the Moscow Stock Exchange.

The Russian VIX , which measures the implied volatility of MOEX Russia options, was up 1.85% to 23.100.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was down 0.03% or 0.45 to $1313.95 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in March fell 3.35% or 1.81 to hit $52.20 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract fell 2.55% or 1.60 to trade at $61.09 a barrel.

USD/RUB was up 0.27% to 66.0505, while EUR/RUB rose 0.18% to 74.9808.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.06% at 96.208.

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