Russia shares higher at close of trade; MICEX up 0.86%

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Russia shares higher at close of trade; MICEX up 0.86%
Credit: © Reuters. – Russia equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Power , Manufacturing and Mining sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Moscow, the MICEX gained 0.86% to hit a new 1-month high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the MICEX were MosEnrg (MCX: MSNG ), which rose 4.88% or 0.1175 points to trade at 2.5250 at the close. Sberbank Rossii OAO Pref (MCX: SBER_p ) added 3.87% or 4.99 points to end at 133.99 and Aeroflot (MCX: AFLT ) was up 3.59% or 7.80 points to 225.00 in late trade.

Biggest losers included AFK Sistema (MCX: AFKS ), which lost 3.71% or 0.465 points to trade at 12.055 in late trade. Surgut-pref (MCX: SNGS_p ) declined 1.30% or 0.385 points to end at 29.200 and GidroOGK-011D (MCX: HYDR ) shed 1.16% or 0.0094 points to 0.8020.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 127 to 82 and 20 ended unchanged on the Moscow Stock Exchange.

The Russian VIX , which measures the implied volatility of MICEX options, was down 2.73% to 21.730.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was up 0.47% or 5.71 to $1220.41 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in August rose 1.44% or 0.65 to hit $45.69 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract rose 0.97% or 0.46 to trade at $47.98 a barrel.

USD/RUB was down 1.13% to 60.0363, while EUR/RUB fell 1.07% to 68.6520.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.04% at 95.53.

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