Russia shares higher at close of trade; MOEX Russia up 0.72%

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Russia shares higher at close of trade; MOEX Russia up 0.72% – 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 gained 0.72%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the MOEX Russia were Polymetal International PLC (MCX: POLY ), which rose 4.03% or 22.20 points to trade at 573.00 at the close. Lukoil (MCX: LKOH ) added 2.20% or 99.0 points to end at 4598.0 and SG mechel (MCX: MTLR ) was up 2.03% or 1.85 points to 93.15 in late trade.

Biggest losers included NPK OVK PAO (MCX: UWGN ), which lost 3.78% or 20.5 points to trade at 522.0 in late trade. X5 Retail Group NV (MCX: FIVEDR ) declined 2.73% or 47.0 points to end at 1672.0 and United Company Rusal Plc (MCX: RUAL ) shed 2.56% or 0.640 points to 24.330.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 125 to 79 and 26 ended unchanged on the Moscow Stock Exchange.

The Russian VIX , which measures the implied volatility of MOEX Russia options, was up 2.79% to 27.290 a new 3-month high.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was unchanged 0.00% or 0.00 to $1221.00 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in September unchanged 0.00% or 0.00 to hit $66.94 a barrel, while the October Brent oil contract rose 0.03% or 0.02 to trade at $72.30 a barrel.

USD/RUB was up 1.23% to 66.3585, while EUR/RUB rose 0.79% to 76.7300.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.29% at 95.23.

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