MOSCOW: Russia stocks were higher after the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Telecoms, Manufacturing and Oil & Gas sectors led shares higher. At the close in Moscow, the MICEX added 0.68% to hit a new 6-months high. The best performers of the session on the MICEX were Gruppa LSR PAO (MCX:LSRG), which rose 3.50% or 28.0 points to trade at 827.5 at the close. Meanwhile, MTS (MCX:MTSS) added 3.16% or 8.95 points to end at 291.95 and NOVATEK (MCX:NVTK) was up 2.23% or 14.90 points to 681.60 in late trade. The worst performers of the session were Yevroplan PAO (MCX:EPLN), which fell 2.11% or 15.0 points to trade at 696.0 at the close. SG mechel (MCX:MTLR) declined 1.42% or 2.10 points to end at 146.30 and DIXY Group ao (MCX:DIXY) was down 1.35% or 4.40 points to 321.60. Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Moscow Stock Exchange by 125 to 90 and 17 ended unchanged.
The Russian VIX, which measures the implied volatility of MICEX options, was down 4.84% to 15.320. Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.46% or 5.95 to $1287.85 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in November rose 0.20% or 0.10 to hit $51.02 a barrel, while the December Brent oil contract fell 0.21% or 0.12 to trade at $56.49 a barrel. USD/RUB was down 0.22% to 57.8550, while EUR/RUB rose 0.08% to 68.5350. The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.18% at 92.92.