Russia shares lower at close of trade; MICEX down 1.82%

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Russia shares lower at close of trade; MICEX down 1.82%
Credit: © Reuters. – Russia equities were lower at the close on Friday, as losses in the Telecoms , Oil & Gas and Manufacturing sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Moscow, the MICEX lost 1.82%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the MICEX were United Company Rusal Plc (MCX: RUAL ), which rose 6.98% or 1.350 points to trade at 20.700 at the close. Gruppa LSR PAO (MCX: LSRG ) added 4.25% or 33.0 points to end at 809.5 and Surgut-pref (MCX: SNGS_p ) was up 1.79% or 0.690 points to 39.200 in late trade.

Biggest losers included MegaFon OAO (MCX: MFON ), which lost 5.25% or 37.50 points to trade at 676.50 in late trade. Sberbank Rossii OAO Pref (MCX: SBER_p ) declined 4.81% or 4.60 points to end at 91.01 and MTS (MCX: MTSS ) shed 4.70% or 11.75 points to 238.15.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 146 to 74 and 28 ended unchanged on the Moscow Stock Exchange.

The Russian VIX , which measures the implied volatility of MICEX options, was down 1.23% to 36.890.

In commodities trading, Gold for August delivery was up 4.48% or 56.55 to $1319.65 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in August fell 4.81% or 2.41 to hit $47.70 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract fell 4.83% or 2.46 to trade at $48.45 a barrel.

USD/RUB was up 1.91% to 65.0518, while EUR/RUB fell 0.21% to 72.381.

The US Dollar Index was up 2.36% at 95.53.

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