Russia shares higher at close of trade; MICEX up 0.39%

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Russia shares higher at close of trade; MICEX up 0.39%
Credit: © Reuters. – Russia equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Power , Oil & Gas and Mining sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Moscow, the MICEX rose 0.39%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the MICEX were GidroOGK-011D (MCX: HYDR ), which rose 7.16% or 0.0670 points to trade at 1.0030 at the close. MosEnrg (MCX: MSNG ) added 3.21% or 0.0775 points to end at 2.4895 and Gazprom PAO (MCX: GAZP ) was up 2.67% or 3.50 points to 134.80 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Moskovskaya Birzha OAO (MCX: MOEX ), which lost 4.99% or 6.21 points to trade at 118.26 in late trade. Aeroflot (MCX: AFLT ) declined 2.96% or 5.15 points to end at 168.85 and Sberbank Rossii OAO Pref (MCX: SBER_p ) shed 2.28% or 2.86 points to 122.43.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 122 to 88 and 22 ended unchanged on the Moscow Stock Exchange.

The Russian VIX , which measures the implied volatility of MICEX options, was down 1.77% to 26.580.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was down 0.65% or 8.05 to $1224.85 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in April rose 1.10% or 0.58 to hit $53.19 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract rose 1.00% or 0.55 to trade at $55.63 a barrel.

USD/RUB was down 0.52% to 58.5227, while EUR/RUB fell 0.06% to 61.781.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.25% at 101.90.

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