Russia shares higher at close of trade; MICEX up 0.69%

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Russia shares higher at close of trade; MICEX up 0.69%
Credit: © Reuters. – Russia equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Mining , Telecoms and Oil & Gas sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Moscow, the MICEX added 0.69%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the MICEX were Lukoil (MCX: LKOH ), which rose 2.66% or 74.5 points to trade at 2874.5 at the close. MMK (MCX: MAGN ) added 2.59% or 0.840 points to end at 33.300 and Tatneft-3 (MCX: TATN ) was up 2.32% or 8.65 points to 380.90 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Trubnaya Metallurgicheskaya Kompaniya OAO (MCX: TRMK ), which lost 1.16% or 0.90 points to trade at 76.76 in late trade. Sberbank Rossii PAO (MCX: SBER ) declined 1.09% or 1.60 points to end at 145.50 and Gruppa LSR PAO (MCX: LSRG ) shed 0.85% or 7.0 points to 817.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 140 to 73 and 20 ended unchanged on the Moscow Stock Exchange.

The Russian VIX , which measures the implied volatility of MICEX options, was down 2.08% to 22.590.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was up 0.20% or 2.51 to $1249.41 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in August rose 0.90% or 0.40 to hit $44.64 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract rose 1.07% or 0.50 to trade at $47.42 a barrel.

USD/RUB was down 0.27% to 59.3301, while EUR/RUB rose 1.44% to 67.4720.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.40% at 95.80.

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