Russia shares lower at close of trade; MICEX down 0.63%

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Russia shares lower at close of trade; MICEX down 0.63%
Credit: © Reuters. – Russia equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Power , Telecoms and Oil & Gas sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Moscow, the MICEX declined 0.63%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the MICEX were MosEnrg (MCX: MSNG ), which rose 5.61% or 0.1200 points to trade at 2.2600 at the close. Gruppa LSR PAO (MCX: LSRG ) added 1.09% or 10.5 points to end at 975.0 and Sberbank Rossii OAO Pref (MCX: SBER_p ) was up 0.92% or 1.18 points to 129.63 in late trade.

Biggest losers included FSK EES (MCX: FEES ), which lost 2.74% or 0.0055 points to trade at 0.1950 in late trade. ANK Bashneft OAO Pref (MCX: BANE_p ) declined 2.71% or 36.0 points to end at 1292.0 and Akron (MCX: AKRN ) shed 2.49% or 90.0 points to 3530.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 144 to 80 and 15 ended unchanged on the Moscow Stock Exchange.

The Russian VIX , which measures the implied volatility of MICEX options, was down 2.44% to 22.770.

In commodities trading, Gold for February delivery was up 0.00% or 0.05 to $1133.65 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in February fell 0.39% or 0.21 to hit $53.09 a barrel, while the February Brent oil contract fell 0.54% or 0.30 to trade at $55.05 a barrel.

USD/RUB was down 0.72% to 61.0089, while EUR/RUB fell 0.19% to 63.635.

The US Dollar Index was down 0.25% at 103.00.

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