Russia shares higher at close of trade; MICEX up 0.64%

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Russia shares higher at close of trade; MICEX up 0.64%
Credit: © Reuters. – Russia equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Telecoms , Mining and Oil & Gas sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Moscow, the MICEX gained 0.64%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the MICEX were ANK Bashneft OAO Pref (MCX: BANE_p ), which rose 3.89% or 53.0 points to trade at 1415.0 at the close. MMK (MCX: MAGN ) added 3.44% or 1.355 points to end at 40.700 and AK Transneft OAO Pref (MCX: TRNF_p ) was up 3.08% or 6300 points to 210550 in late trade.

Biggest losers included United Company Rusal Plc (MCX: RUAL ), which lost 1.53% or 0.550 points to trade at 35.310 in late trade. Polyus Zoloto OAO (MCX: PLZL ) declined 1.33% or 62.0 points to end at 4586.0 and Unipro (MCX: UPRO ) shed 1.27% or 0.0360 points to 2.7900.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 111 to 110 and 25 ended unchanged on the Moscow Stock Exchange.

The Russian VIX , which measures the implied volatility of MICEX options, was down 0.35% to 22.980.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was down 0.43% or 5.25 to $1206.15 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in March rose 0.51% or 0.27 to hit $53.08 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract rose 0.72% or 0.40 to trade at $55.98 a barrel.

USD/RUB was up 0.11% to 60.2261, while EUR/RUB fell 0.30% to 64.789.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.29% at 99.82.

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