Russia shares lower at close of trade; MICEX down 1.68%

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Russia shares lower at close of trade; MICEX down 1.68%
Credit: © Reuters. – Russia equities were lower at the close on Friday, as losses in the Power , Oil & Gas and Telecoms sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Moscow, the MICEX declined 1.68%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the MICEX were Polymetal International PLC (MCX: POLY ), which rose 2.62% or 19.00 points to trade at 745.00 at the close. Akron (MCX: AKRN ) added 0.73% or 24.0 points to end at 3334.0 and PhosAgro ao (MCX: PHOR ) was up 0.62% or 15.0 points to 2425.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included MosEnrg (MCX: MSNG ), which lost 5.66% or 0.1360 points to trade at 2.2650 in late trade. Rosseti ao (MCX: RSTI ) declined 4.53% or 0.0450 points to end at 0.9490 and FSK EES (MCX: FEES ) shed 4.02% or 0.0074 points to 0.1779.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 162 to 52 and 15 ended unchanged on the Moscow Stock Exchange.

The Russian VIX , which measures the implied volatility of MICEX options, was up 3.24% to 24.220.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was up 1.07% or 13.45 to $1266.75 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in May rose 1.03% or 0.53 to hit $52.23 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract rose 0.71% or 0.39 to trade at $55.28 a barrel.

USD/RUB was up 1.24% to 57.0928, while EUR/RUB rose 1.14% to 60.699.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.26% at 100.87.

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