Russia shares higher at close of trade; MOEX Russia up 0.71%

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Russia shares higher at close of trade; MOEX Russia up 0.71%
Credit: © Reuters. – Russia equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Oil & Gas , Mining and Manufacturing sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Moscow, the MOEX Russia rose 0.71% to hit a new all time high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the MOEX Russia were Magnit (MCX: MGNT ), which rose 7.24% or 347.0 points to trade at 5140.0 at the close. VTB (MCX: VTBR ) added 5.83% or 0.0029 points to end at 0.0517 and Tatneft-3 (MCX: TATN ) was up 2.25% or 13.20 points to 599.50 in late trade.

Biggest losers included MegaFon OAO (MCX: MFON ), which lost 1.93% or 10.90 points to trade at 553.00 in late trade. Polymetal International PLC (MCX: POLY ) declined 1.58% or 9.80 points to end at 609.30 and Yandex NV (MCX: YNDX ) shed 1.54% or 38.00 points to 2435.50.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 119 to 97 and 14 ended unchanged on the Moscow Stock Exchange.

The Russian VIX , which measures the implied volatility of MOEX Russia options, was down 0.09% to 22.440.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was down 0.05% or 0.60 to $1331.50 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in April rose 1.65% or 1.02 to hit $62.70 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract rose 1.19% or 0.78 to trade at $66.20 a barrel.

USD/RUB was down 0.30% to 56.5813, while EUR/RUB rose 0.08% to 69.7477.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.31% at 89.75.

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