Russia shares higher at close of trade; MOEX Russia up 0.73%

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Russia shares higher at close of trade; MOEX Russia up 0.73%
Credit: © Reuters. – Russia equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Power , Oil & Gas and Mining sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Moscow, the MOEX Russia added 0.73%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the MOEX Russia were Yandex NV (MCX: YNDX ), which rose 4.19% or 86.00 points to trade at 2140.50 at the close. Tatneft-3 (MCX: TATN ) added 3.76% or 20.40 points to end at 563.10 and Inter rao ees (MCX: IRAO ) was up 3.75% or 0.1375 points to 3.8050 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Polyus OAO (MCX: PLZL ), which lost 3.31% or 149.0 points to trade at 4351.0 in late trade. Polymetal International PLC (MCX: POLY ) declined 2.48% or 15.40 points to end at 605.00 and Magnit (MCX: MGNT ) shed 1.25% or 60.0 points to 4725.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 157 to 53 and 17 ended unchanged on the Moscow Stock Exchange.

The Russian VIX , which measures the implied volatility of MOEX Russia options, was up 3.25% to 23.210 a new 6-month high.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was down 0.64% or 8.50 to $1321.00 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in March fell 2.40% or 1.52 to hit $61.87 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract fell 1.78% or 1.19 to trade at $65.67 a barrel.

USD/RUB was up 0.70% to 57.2739, while EUR/RUB fell 0.12% to 70.2865.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.67% at 90.12.

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