Russia shares higher at close of trade; MOEX Russia up 0.54%

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Russia shares higher at close of trade; MOEX Russia up 0.54%
Credit: © Reuters. – Russia equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Power , Telecoms and Oil & Gas sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Moscow, the MOEX Russia rose 0.54% to hit a new 3-month high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the MOEX Russia were Magnit (MCX: MGNT ), which rose 4.66% or 185.0 points to trade at 4155.0 at the close. Rosseti ao (MCX: RSTI ) added 4.32% or 0.0365 points to end at 0.8813 and United Company Rusal Plc (MCX: RUAL ) was up 3.28% or 0.975 points to 30.670 in late trade.

Biggest losers included ALROSA ao (MCX: ALRS ), which lost 2.28% or 2.380 points to trade at 102.220 in late trade. X5 Retail Group NV (MCX: FIVEDR ) declined 2.13% or 37.5 points to end at 1721.5 and PIK (MCX: PIKK ) shed 1.32% or 4.80 points to 358.20.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 107 to 103 and 20 ended unchanged on the Moscow Stock Exchange.

The Russian VIX , which measures the implied volatility of MOEX Russia options, was down 3.45% to 23.800.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was down 0.19% or 2.45 to $1291.35 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in February fell 1.22% or 0.64 to hit $51.67 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract fell 0.72% or 0.44 to trade at $60.88 a barrel.

USD/RUB was up 0.12% to 66.4525, while EUR/RUB rose 0.03% to 75.6406.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.11% at 95.778.

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