Russia shares higher at close of trade; MOEX Russia up 0.89%

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Russia shares higher at close of trade; MOEX Russia up 0.89%
Credit: © Reuters. – Russia equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Power , Oil & Gas and Telecoms sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Moscow, the MOEX Russia added 0.89%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the MOEX Russia were Aeroflot (MCX: AFLT ), which rose 3.59% or 5.45 points to trade at 157.45 at the close. Moskovskaya Birzha OAO (MCX: MOEX ) added 3.39% or 3.97 points to end at 120.97 and VTB (MCX: VTBR ) was up 2.89% or 0.0016 points to 0.0563 in late trade.

Biggest losers included United Company Rusal Plc (MCX: RUAL ), which lost 2.79% or 1.020 points to trade at 35.580 in late trade. PhosAgro ao (MCX: PHOR ) declined 2.05% or 51.0 points to end at 2440.0 and SG mechel (MCX: MTLR ) shed 1.21% or 1.70 points to 138.25.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 129 to 57 and 21 ended unchanged on the Moscow Stock Exchange.

The Russian VIX , which measures the implied volatility of MOEX Russia options, was up 6.86% to 23.070.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was up 0.27% or 3.60 to $1325.30 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in April rose 2.79% or 1.68 to hit $61.80 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract rose 2.63% or 1.67 to trade at $65.28 a barrel.

USD/RUB was down 0.18% to 56.6999, while EUR/RUB fell 0.85% to 69.8925.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.16% at 89.97.

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