Russia shares higher at close of trade; MOEX Russia up 0.64%

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Russia shares higher at close of trade; MOEX Russia up 0.64%
Credit: © Reuters. – Russia equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Telecoms , Oil & Gas and Mining sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Moscow, the MOEX Russia gained 0.64% to hit a new 6-month high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the MOEX Russia were MTS (MCX: MTSS ), which rose 3.01% or 8.55 points to trade at 293.00 at the close. Gruppa LSR PAO (MCX: LSRG ) added 2.69% or 22.0 points to end at 840.0 and Tatneft OAO Pref (MCX: TATN_p ) was up 2.54% or 9.70 points to 391.70 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Inter rao ees (MCX: IRAO ), which lost 1.53% or 0.0530 points to trade at 3.4100 in late trade. United Company Rusal Plc (MCX: RUAL ) declined 1.51% or 0.630 points to end at 41.210 and Safmar Finansovye Investitsii PAO (MCX: SFIN ) shed 1.22% or 9.5 points to 770.5.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 129 to 87 and 22 ended unchanged on the Moscow Stock Exchange.

The Russian VIX , which measures the implied volatility of MOEX Russia options, was up 0.92% to 18.560.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was up 0.27% or 3.50 to $1322.80 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in February rose 1.51% or 0.96 to hit $64.53 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract rose 0.79% or 0.55 to trade at $69.75 a barrel.

USD/RUB was down 0.64% to 56.6553, while EUR/RUB rose 0.05% to 68.2000.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.51% at 91.64.

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