Russia shares higher at close of trade; MICEX up 0.28%

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Russia shares higher at close of trade; MICEX up 0.28%
Credit: © Reuters. – Russia equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Mining , Power and Oil & Gas sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Moscow, the MICEX gained 0.28% to hit a new 52-week low.

The biggest gainers of the session on the MICEX were Tatneft OAO Pref (MCX: TATN_p ), which rose 4.62% or 12.00 points to trade at 272.00 at the close. United Company Rusal Plc (MCX: RUAL ) added 4.08% or 1.060 points to end at 27.050 and ANK Bashneft OAO Pref (MCX: BANE_p ) was up 3.71% or 39.0 points to 1089.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included MosEnrg (MCX: MSNG ), which lost 6.49% or 0.1500 points to trade at 2.1595 in late trade. SG mechel (MCX: MTLR ) declined 5.10% or 6.55 points to end at 121.95 and Aeroflot (MCX: AFLT ) shed 4.14% or 7.55 points to 174.65.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 127 to 77 and 15 ended unchanged on the Moscow Stock Exchange.

The Russian VIX , which measures the implied volatility of MICEX options, was down 0.12% to 24.760.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was up 0.14% or 1.70 to $1256.30 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in July rose 0.67% or 0.30 to hit $44.76 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract rose 0.90% or 0.42 to trade at $47.34 a barrel.

USD/RUB was down 0.24% to 57.7362, while EUR/RUB rose 0.43% to 64.6775.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.32% at 97.19.

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