Wednesday, September 19, 2018

© Reuters.  Russia stocks higher at close of trade; MICEX up 0.18%© Reuters. Russia stocks higher at close of trade; MICEX up 0.18% – Russia stocks were higher after the close on Friday, as gains in the Manufacturing, Mining and Power sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Moscow, the MICEX gained 0.18%.

The best performers of the session on the MICEX were MMC Norilsk Nickel (MCX:GMKN), which rose 3.30% or 335.0 points to trade at 10490.0 at the close. Meanwhile, Moskovskaya Birzha OAO (MCX:MOEX) added 1.77% or 2.09 points to end at 120.49 and RusHydro JSC (MCX:HYDR) was up 1.72% or 0.0149 points to 0.8790 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Magnit (MCX:MGNT), which fell 2.01% or 196.0 points to trade at 9540.0 at the close. NMTP (MCX:NMTP) declined 1.88% or 0.1600 points to end at 8.3300 and United Company Rusal Plc (MCX:RUAL) was down 1.47% or 0.610 points to 40.790.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Moscow Stock Exchange by 118 to 101 and 24 ended unchanged.

The Russian VIX, which measures the implied volatility of MICEX options, was down 2.72% to 15.040.

Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.54% or 6.94 to $1303.44 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in November rose 1.74% or 0.88 to hit $51.48 a barrel, while the December Brent oil contract rose 1.76% or 0.99 to trade at $57.24 a barrel.

USD/RUB was down 1.08% to 57.0656, while EUR/RUB fell 0.92% to 67.5958.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.15% at 92.80.

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