MOSCOW: Russia stocks were higher after the close on Monday, as gains in the Power, Mining and Oil & Gas sectors led shares higher. At the close in Moscow, the MICEX gained 0.69% to hit a new 1-month high. The best performers of the session on the MICEX were Rosseti ao (MCX:RSTI), which rose 8.37% or 0.0672 points to trade at 0.8700 at the close. Meanwhile, AK Transneft OAO Pref (MCX:TRNF_p) added 2.94% or 4800 points to end at 168000 and Moskovskaya Birzha OAO (MCX:MOEX) was up 2.52% or 2.74 points to 111.64 in late trade. The worst performers of the session were MegaFon OAO (MCX:MFON), which fell 3.65% or 20.70 points to trade at 546.30 at the close. Akron (MCX:AKRN) declined 2.28% or 74.0 points to end at 3176.0 and Megion (MCX:MFGS) was down 1.60% or 8.0 points to 492.0.
Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Moscow Stock Exchange by 145 to 69 and 14 ended unchanged. The Russian VIX, which measures the implied volatility of MICEX options, was down 0.88% to 23.590. Gold Futures for August delivery was up 0.16% or 1.95 to $1211.65 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in August rose 0.57% or 0.25 to hit $44.48 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract rose 0.56% or 0.26 to trade at $46.97 a barrel. USD/RUB was down 0.19% to 60.2484, while EUR/RUB fell 0.40% to 68.6730. The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.06% at 95.84.