MOSCOW: Russia stocks were lower after the close on Thursday, as losses in the Mining, Manufacturing and Telecoms sectors led shares lower. At the close in Moscow, the MICEX declined 0.09%. The best performers of the session on the MICEX were Uralkaliy (MCX:URKA), which rose 3.41% or 4.75 points to trade at 144.00 at the close. Meanwhile, PIK (MCX:PIKK) added 3.22% or 10.00 points to end at 321.00 and Trubnaya Metallurgicheskaya Kompaniya OAO (MCX:TRMK) was up 3.11% or 2.11 points to 69.99 in late trade. The worst performers of the session were Yevroplan PAO (MCX:EPLN), which fell 6.92% or 54.5 points to trade at 733.0 at the close. SG mechel (MCX:MTLR) declined 4.50% or 7.25 points to end at 153.70 and MosEnrg (MCX:MSNG) was down 2.74% or 0.0830 points to 2.9480. Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Moscow Stock Exchange by 127 to 100 and 14 ended unchanged.
Shares in PIK (MCX:PIKK) rose to 5-year highs; rising 3.22% or 10.00 to 321.00.
The Russian VIX, which measures the implied volatility of MICEX options, was down 2.70% to 17.660. Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.14% or 1.83 to $1329.83 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in October rose 1.60% or 0.79 to hit $50.09 a barrel, while the November Brent oil contract rose 0.80% or 0.44 to trade at $55.60 a barrel. USD/RUB was down 0.68% to 57.5621, while EUR/RUB fell 0.75% to 68.3749. The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.06% at 92.33.