MOSCOW: Russia stocks were higher after the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Mining, Telecoms and Manufacturing sectors led shares higher. At the close in Moscow, the MICEX added 0.57%. The best performers of the session on the MICEX were ANK Bashneft OAO Pref (MCX:BANE_p), which rose 4.47% or 55.0 points to trade at 1285.0 at the close. Meanwhile, Sberbank Rossii PAO (MCX:SBER) added 2.51% or 4.30 points to end at 175.30 and NLMK ao (MCX:NLMK) was up 2.06% or 2.60 points to 128.80 in late trade. The worst performers of the session were Uralkaliy (MCX:URKA), which fell 3.68% or 5.35 points to trade at 140.15 at the close. AFK Sistema (MCX:AFKS) declined 3.24% or 0.375 points to end at 11.200 and Rosseti ao (MCX:RSTI) was down 2.10% or 0.0206 points to 0.9593.Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Moscow Stock Exchange by 111 to 106 and 14 ended unchanged.
The Russian VIX, which measures the implied volatility of MICEX options, was down 0.57% to 20.810. Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.19% or 2.40 to $1293.40 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in October rose 1.07% or 0.51 to hit $48.34 a barrel, while the October Brent oil contract rose 1.18% or 0.61 to trade at $52.48 a barrel. USD/RUB was down 0.05% to 59.0585, while EUR/RUB rose 0.28% to 69.7019. The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.25% at 93.19.