Russia shares higher at close of trade; MICEX up 1.65%

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Russia shares higher at close of trade; MICEX up 1.65%
Credit: © Reuters. – Russia equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Oil & Gas , Power and Mining sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Moscow, the MICEX gained 1.65%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the MICEX were DIXY Group ao (MCX: DIXY ), which rose 4.78% or 13.00 points to trade at 285.00 at the close. Rosneft (MCX: ROSN ) added 3.34% or 13.00 points to end at 402.00 and Lukoil (MCX: LKOH ) was up 3.24% or 109.5 points to 3486.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included MosEnrg (MCX: MSNG ), which lost 2.08% or 0.0615 points to trade at 2.9000 in late trade. Surgut-pref (MCX: SNGS_p ) declined 1.64% or 0.555 points to end at 33.255 and Magnit (MCX: MGNT ) shed 1.20% or 120.0 points to 9900.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 145 to 73 and 22 ended unchanged on the Moscow Stock Exchange.

The Russian VIX , which measures the implied volatility of MICEX options, was down 0.69% to 24.400.

In commodities trading, Gold for February delivery was down 0.28% or 3.35 to $1186.45 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in March fell 1.82% or 0.98 to hit $52.80 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract fell 2.06% or 1.16 to trade at $55.08 a barrel.

USD/RUB was down 1.05% to 59.7949, while EUR/RUB fell 0.63% to 63.919.

The US Dollar Index was up 0.10% at 100.62.

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