MOSCOW: Russia stocks were lower after the close on Thursday, as losses in the Manufacturing, Mining and Power sectors led shares lower. At the close in Moscow, the MICEX fell 0.79%. The best performers of the session on the MICEX were Polyus Zoloto OAO (MCX:PLZL), which rose 4.32% or 174.0 points to trade at 4203.0 at the close. Meanwhile, AK Transneft OAO Pref (MCX:TRNF_p) added 1.67% or 2950 points to end at 180100 and DIXY Group ao (MCX:DIXY) was up 1.60% or 3.90 points to 247.90 in late trade. The worst performers of the session were SG mechel (MCX:MTLR), which fell 3.47% or 5.40 points to trade at 150.30 at the close. Yandex NV (MCX:YNDX) declined 2.70% or 49.50 points to end at 1786.00 and MMK (MCX:MAGN) was down 2.55% or 0.945 points to 36.115. Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Moscow Stock Exchange by 121 to 99 and 21 ended unchanged.
The Russian VIX, which measures the implied volatility of MICEX options, was up 1.05% to 21.200. Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.89% or 11.40 to $1290.70 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in September fell 0.89% or 0.44 to hit $49.12 a barrel, while the October Brent oil contract fell 0.47% or 0.25 to trade at $52.45 a barrel. USD/RUB was up 0.04% to 60.0175, while EUR/RUB fell 0.26% to 70.3690. The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.03% at 93.38.