Russia shares higher at close of trade; MOEX Russia up 0.34%

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Russia shares higher at close of trade; MOEX Russia up 0.34%
Credit: © Reuters. – Russia equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Mining , Telecoms and Power sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Moscow, the MOEX Russia rose 0.34%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the MOEX Russia were ALROSA ao (MCX: ALRS ), which rose 3.14% or 2.990 points to trade at 98.140 at the close. X5 Retail Group NV (MCX: FIVEDR ) added 2.70% or 42.5 points to end at 1618.5 and MMC Norilsk Nickel (MCX: GMKN ) was up 2.56% or 330.0 points to 13220.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included NPK OVK PAO (MCX: UWGN ), which lost 5.67% or 21.8 points to trade at 363.0 in late trade. United Company Rusal Plc (MCX: RUAL ) declined 2.58% or 0.705 points to end at 26.660 and NK RussNeft PAO (MCX: RNFT ) shed 2.24% or 12.0 points to 523.6.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 106 to 98 and 21 ended unchanged on the Moscow Stock Exchange.

The Russian VIX , which measures the implied volatility of MOEX Russia options, was down 1.18% to 25.020 a new 1-month low.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was down 0.27% or 3.35 to $1246.65 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in January rose 1.15% or 0.59 to hit $51.74 a barrel, while the February Brent oil contract rose 0.58% or 0.35 to trade at $60.50 a barrel.

USD/RUB was down 0.09% to 66.3413, while EUR/RUB fell 0.33% to 75.2800.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.15% at 97.162.

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