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 Thursday, as gains in the Telecoms , Oil & Gas and Mining sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Moscow, the MICEX rose 0.28% to hit a new 1-month high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the MICEX were Yandex NV (MCX: YNDX ), which rose 16.33% or 266.50 points to trade at 1898.50 at the close. Trubnaya Metallurgicheskaya Kompaniya OAO (MCX: TRMK ) added 4.32% or 3.16 points to end at 76.30 and AK Transneft OAO Pref (MCX: TRNF_p ) was up 2.94% or 5150 points to 180050 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Aeroflot (MCX: AFLT ), which lost 6.00% or 13.50 points to trade at 211.50 in late trade. MMK (MCX: MAGN ) declined 1.42% or 0.510 points to end at 35.500 and GidroOGK-011D (MCX: HYDR ) shed 1.23% or 0.0099 points to 0.7921.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 103 to 99 and 12 ended unchanged on the Moscow Stock Exchange.

The Russian VIX , which measures the implied volatility of MICEX options, was down 3.72% to 20.710.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was down 0.19% or 2.30 to $1216.80 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in August rose 1.38% or 0.63 to hit $46.12 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract rose 1.40% or 0.67 to trade at $48.41 a barrel.

USD/RUB was down 0.15% to 59.9052, while EUR/RUB fell 0.35% to 68.4090.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.13% at 95.67.

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