MOSCOW: Russia stocks were lower after the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Manufacturing, Mining and Power sectors led shares lower. At the close in Moscow, the MICEX lost 0.22% to hit a new 3-months high. The best performers of the session on the MICEX were United Company Rusal Plc (MCX:RUAL), which rose 2.26% or 0.960 points to trade at 43.410 at the close. Meanwhile, Unipro (MCX:UPRO) added 2.25% or 0.0520 points to end at 2.3620 and ALROSA ao (MCX:ALRS) was up 1.94% or 1.550 points to 81.400 in late trade. The worst performers of the session were Ros Agro PLC (MCX:AGRODR), which fell 2.55% or 19 points to trade at 727 at the close. MMC Norilsk Nickel (MCX:GMKN) declined 2.20% or 217.0 points to end at 9650.0 and VTB (MCX:VTBR) was down 2.10% or 0.0013 points to 0.0624. Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Moscow Stock Exchange by 129 to 108 and 20 ended unchanged. Shares in United Company Rusal Plc (MCX:RUAL) rose to all time highs; up 2.26% or 0.960 to 43.410.
The Russian VIX, which measures the implied volatility of MICEX options, was up 3.82% to 19.830. Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.45% or 5.99 to $1326.71 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in October rose 1.62% or 0.78 to hit $49.01 a barrel, while the November Brent oil contract rose 1.20% or 0.65 to trade at $54.92 a barrel. USD/RUB was up 0.38% to 57.9241, while EUR/RUB fell 0.27% to 68.8375. The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.62% at 92.46.