MOSCOW: Russia stocks were lower after the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Oil & Gas, Power and Manufacturing sectors led shares lower. At the close in Moscow, the MICEX declined 0.21% to hit a new 1-month low. The best performers of the session on the MICEX were MTS (MCX:MTSS), which rose 2.19% or 5.85 points to trade at 273.45 at the close. Meanwhile, MMC Norilsk Nickel (MCX:GMKN) added 2.05% or 200.0 points to end at 9940.0 and United Company Rusal Plc (MCX:RUAL) was up 1.77% or 0.550 points to 31.600 in late trade.
The worst performers of the session were Inter rao ees (MCX:IRAO), which fell 2.94% or 0.1155 points to trade at 3.8165 at the close. Rosneft (MCX:ROSN) declined 2.66% or 9.85 points to end at 360.00 and Rostelecom (MCX:RTKM) was down 2.60% or 2.20 points to 82.40. Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Moscow Stock Exchange by 117 to 102 and 19 ended unchanged.
The Russian VIX, which measures the implied volatility of MICEX options, was down 0.56% to 22.900. Gold Futures for April delivery was up 0.50% or 6.10 to $1231.50 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in March fell 0.28% or 0.15 to hit $53.05 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract fell 0.34% or 0.19 to trade at $55.78 a barrel. USD/RUB was up 0.24% to 57.2673, while EUR/RUB rose 0.55% to 60.681. The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.09% at 101.11.