Russia shares higher at close of trade; MOEX Russia up 0.44%

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Russia shares higher at close of trade; MOEX Russia up 0.44%
Credit: © Reuters. – Russia equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Mining , Oil & Gas and Power sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Moscow, the MOEX Russia gained 0.44%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the MOEX Russia were SG mechel (MCX: MTLR ), which rose 3.24% or 4.40 points to trade at 140.40 at the close. Polymetal International PLC (MCX: POLY ) added 3.15% or 21.70 points to end at 710.00 and PIK (MCX: PIKK ) was up 3.07% or 9.50 points to 319.40 in late trade.

Biggest losers included AFK Sistema (MCX: AFKS ), which lost 6.77% or 0.900 points to trade at 12.400 in late trade. Yevroplan PAO (MCX: EPLN ) declined 3.25% or 25.5 points to end at 759.0 and MosEnrg (MCX: MSNG ) shed 2.48% or 0.0665 points to 2.6150.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 120 to 102 and 21 ended unchanged on the Moscow Stock Exchange.

The Russian VIX , which measures the implied volatility of MOEX Russia options, was down 2.60% to 16.460.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was up 0.26% or 3.40 to $1290.90 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in February fell 0.70% or 0.42 to hit $59.55 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract fell 0.84% or 0.56 to trade at $65.90 a barrel.

USD/RUB was up 0.38% to 57.8435, while EUR/RUB rose 0.66% to 68.8294.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.27% at 92.59.

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