Russia shares higher at close of trade; MOEX Russia up 0.26%

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Russia shares higher at close of trade; MOEX Russia up 0.26% – Russia equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Telecoms , Power and Mining sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Moscow, the MOEX Russia gained 0.26%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the MOEX Russia were X5 Retail Group NV (MCX: FIVEDR ), which rose 5.68% or 98.0 points to trade at 1823.0 at the close. Moskovskaya Birzha OAO (MCX: MOEX ) added 4.31% or 3.49 points to end at 84.49 and NK RussNeft PAO (MCX: RNFT ) was up 3.37% or 17.8 points to 546.6 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Yandex NV (MCX: YNDX ), which lost 3.65% or 70.50 points to trade at 1859.50 in late trade. Polyus OAO (MCX: PLZL ) declined 1.84% or 99.5 points to end at 5299.5 and NK Rosneft PAO (MCX: ROSN ) shed 1.54% or 6.65 points to 425.85.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 118 to 85 and 15 ended unchanged on the Moscow Stock Exchange.

The Russian VIX , which measures the implied volatility of MOEX Russia options, was up 4.85% to 29.210.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was up 0.63% or 8.10 to $1292.20 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in February fell 0.92% or 0.43 to hit $46.11 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract fell 0.44% or 0.24 to trade at $54.67 a barrel.

USD/RUB was down 1.60% to 68.7131, while EUR/RUB fell 2.02% to 78.3800.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.62% at 95.828.

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