Russia shares lower at close of trade; MICEX down 1.34%

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Russia shares lower at close of trade; MICEX down 1.34%
Credit: © Reuters. – Russia equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Power , Oil & Gas and Manufacturing sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Moscow, the MICEX fell 1.34%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the MICEX were Aeroflot (MCX: AFLT ), which rose 1.77% or 3.30 points to trade at 189.30 at the close. Polymetal International PLC (MCX: POLY ) added 1.48% or 11.50 points to end at 786.50 and Tatneft OAO Pref (MCX: TATN_p ) was up 1.30% or 3.50 points to 272.80 in late trade.

Biggest losers included MosEnrg (MCX: MSNG ), which lost 4.94% or 0.1165 points to trade at 2.2440 in late trade. Gazprom PAO (MCX: GAZP ) declined 3.91% or 5.17 points to end at 126.90 and Rosseti ao (MCX: RSTI ) shed 3.83% or 0.0348 points to 0.8730.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 139 to 74 and 17 ended unchanged on the Moscow Stock Exchange.

The Russian VIX , which measures the implied volatility of MICEX options, was up 0.33% to 24.080.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was down 0.44% or 5.56 to $1253.14 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in June rose 0.84% or 0.41 to hit $49.48 a barrel, while the July Brent oil contract rose 0.80% or 0.42 to trade at $52.63 a barrel.

USD/RUB was up 0.86% to 57.5900, while EUR/RUB rose 1.12% to 64.040.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.17% at 97.51.

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