MOSCOW: Russia stocks were higher after the close on Friday, as gains in the Oil & Gas, Telecoms and Power sectors led shares higher. At the close in Moscow, the MICEX rose 1.12% to hit a new 3-months high. The best performers of the session on the MICEX were RusHydro JSC (MCX:HYDR), which rose 2.98% or 0.0239 points to trade at 0.8249 at the close. Meanwhile, NK Rosneft PAO (MCX:ROSN) added 2.92% or 8.95 points to end at 314.95 and Surgut (MCX:SNGS) was up 2.76% or 0.745 points to 27.770 in late trade. The worst performers of the session were MosEnrg (MCX:MSNG), which fell 5.21% or 0.1660 points to trade at 3.0200 at the close. Moskovskaya Birzha OAO (MCX:MOEX) declined 1.51% or 1.71 points to end at 111.69 and MegaFon OAO (MCX:MFON) was down 0.89% or 5.20 points to 577.70. Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Moscow Stock Exchange by 129 to 87 and 18 ended unchanged.
The Russian VIX, which measures the implied volatility of MICEX options, was up 1.52% to 19.340. Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.11% or 1.48 to $1351.78 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in October fell 1.98% or 0.97 to hit $48.12 a barrel, while the November Brent oil contract fell 0.68% or 0.37 to trade at $54.12 a barrel. USD/RUB was up 0.63% to 57.2600, while EUR/RUB rose 0.77% to 68.9400. The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.24% at 91.27.