Russia shares higher at close of trade; MOEX Russia up 1.02%

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Russia shares higher at close of trade; MOEX Russia up 1.02% – Russia equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Mining , Power and Telecoms sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Moscow, the MOEX Russia rose 1.02% to hit a new 1-month high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the MOEX Russia were MMK (MCX: MAGN ), which rose 3.81% or 1.645 points to trade at 44.800 at the close. Sberbank Rossii PAO (MCX: SBER ) added 3.01% or 5.76 points to end at 197.00 and ALROSA ao (MCX: ALRS ) was up 2.79% or 2.750 points to 101.400 in late trade.

Biggest losers included X5 Retail Group NV (MCX: FIVEDR ), which lost 1.65% or 30.0 points to trade at 1792.0 in late trade. United Company Rusal Plc (MCX: RUAL ) declined 1.51% or 0.450 points to end at 29.395 and AK Transneft OAO Pref (MCX: TRNF_p ) shed 1.15% or 1950 points to 167850.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 145 to 70 and 15 ended unchanged on the Moscow Stock Exchange.

The Russian VIX , which measures the implied volatility of MOEX Russia options, was down 2.98% to 25.040.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was up 0.40% or 5.10 to $1291.00 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in February rose 4.34% or 2.16 to hit $51.94 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract rose 3.66% or 2.15 to trade at $60.87 a barrel.

USD/RUB was down 0.15% to 66.8004, while EUR/RUB rose 0.57% to 76.9892.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.58% at 94.928.

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