Russia shares higher at close of trade; MICEX up 1.07%

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Russia shares higher at close of trade; MICEX up 1.07%
Credit: © Reuters. – Russia equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Telecoms , Mining and Power sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Moscow, the MICEX gained 1.07%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the MICEX were Polymetal International PLC (MCX: POLY ), which rose 4.68% or 28.50 points to trade at 637.00 at the close. MosEnrg (MCX: MSNG ) added 4.12% or 0.0985 points to end at 2.4870 and Surgut (MCX: SNGS ) was up 3.20% or 0.960 points to 30.965 in late trade.

Biggest losers included AK Transneft OAO Pref (MCX: TRNF_p ), which lost 2.02% or 4100 points to trade at 198500 in late trade. Rosseti ao (MCX: RSTI ) declined 1.44% or 0.0166 points to end at 1.1329 and ANK Bashneft OAO Pref (MCX: BANE_p ) shed 0.81% or 10.0 points to 1225.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 144 to 78 and 19 ended unchanged on the Moscow Stock Exchange.

The Russian VIX , which measures the implied volatility of MICEX options, was up 1.91% to 26.200.

In commodities trading, Gold for February delivery was up 1.61% or 18.35 to $1159.25 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in February fell 0.61% or 0.33 to hit $53.73 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract fell 0.28% or 0.16 to trade at $56.80 a barrel.

USD/RUB was up 0.13% to 60.4097, while EUR/RUB rose 0.36% to 63.253.

The US Dollar Index was down 0.54% at 102.68.

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