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Russia stocks higher at close of trade; MICEX up 0.56%

Russia stocks higher at close of trade; MICEX up 0.56%

MOSCOW: Russia stocks were higher after the close on Monday, as gains in the Telecoms, Power and Mining sectors led shares higher. At the close in Moscow, the MICEX added 0.56% to hit a new 3-months high. The best performers of the session on the MICEX were Ros Agro PLC (MCX:AGRODR), which rose 4.12% or 30 points to trade at 758 at the close. Meanwhile, Uralkaliy (MCX:URKA) added 2.51% or 3.45 points to end at 141.15 and Sberbank Rossii PAO (MCX:SBER) was up 2.48% or 4.61 points to 190.50 in late trade. The worst performers of the session were AFK Sistema (MCX:AFKS), which fell 2.51% or 0.345 points to trade at 13.400 at the close. Polymetal International PLC (MCX:POLY) declined 2.26% or 15.20 points to end at 657.60 and SG mechel (MCX:MTLR) was down 1.78% or 2.90 points to 159.95. Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Moscow Stock Exchange by 133 to 90 and 24 ended unchanged. Shares in Sberbank Rossii PAO (MCX:SBER) rose to all time highs; rising 2.48% or 4.61 to 190.50.

The Russian VIX, which measures the implied volatility of MICEX options, was down 0.17% to 17.900 a new 3-years low. Gold Futures for December delivery was down 1.01% or 13.70 to $1337.50 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in October rose 1.45% or 0.69 to hit $48.17 a barrel, while the November Brent oil contract rose 0.02% or 0.01 to trade at $53.79 a barrel. USD/RUB was down 0.28% to 57.1943, while EUR/RUB fell 0.93% to 68.4254. The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.57% at 91.83.