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 Friday, as gains in the Oil & Gas , Mining and Telecoms sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Moscow, the MOEX Russia gained 0.71% to hit a new 6-month high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the MOEX Russia were Lukoil (MCX: LKOH ), which rose 5.98% or 220.5 points to trade at 3908.0 at the close. Gruppa LSR PAO (MCX: LSRG ) added 2.50% or 21.0 points to end at 861.0 and Ros Agro PLC (MCX: AGRODR ) was up 2.37% or 14 points to 582 in late trade.

Biggest losers included PIK (MCX: PIKK ), which lost 2.70% or 8.80 points to trade at 317.00 in late trade. NK RussNeft PAO (MCX: RNFT ) declined 1.95% or 11.6 points to end at 582.6 and Aeroflot (MCX: AFLT ) shed 1.82% or 2.70 points to 145.60.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 123 to 112 and 10 ended unchanged on the Moscow Stock Exchange.

The Russian VIX , which measures the implied volatility of MOEX Russia options, was down 2.70% to 15.830.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was up 0.70% or 9.20 to $1331.70 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in February rose 0.11% or 0.07 to hit $63.87 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract rose 0.06% or 0.04 to trade at $69.30 a barrel.

USD/RUB was up 0.32% to 56.6113, while EUR/RUB rose 1.22% to 68.6889.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.64% at 91.07.

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