Investing.com – Russia stocks were higher after the close on Thursday, as gains in the , and sectors led shares higher.
At the close in Moscow, the gained 0.34%.
The best performers of the session on the were ALROSA ao (MCX:), which rose 3.14% or 2.990 points to trade at 98.140 at the close. Meanwhile, X5 Retail Group NV (MCX:) added 2.70% or 42.5 points to end at 1618.5 and MMC Norilsk Nickel (MCX:) was up 2.56% or 330.0 points to 13220.0 in late trade.
The worst performers of the session were NPK OVK PAO (MCX:), which fell 5.67% or 21.8 points to trade at 363.0 at the close. United Company Rusal Plc (MCX:) declined 2.58% or 0.705 points to end at 26.660 and NK RussNeft PAO (MCX:) was down 2.24% or 12.0 points to 523.6.
Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Moscow Stock Exchange by 106 to 98 and 21 ended unchanged.
Shares in NPK OVK PAO (MCX:) fell to all time lows; down 5.67% or 21.8 to 363.0. Shares in MMC Norilsk Nickel (MCX:) rose to all time highs; gaining 2.56% or 330.0 to 13220.0.
The , which measures the implied volatility of MOEX Russia options, was down 1.70% to 24.890 a new 1-month low.
Gold Futures for February delivery was down 0.27% or 3.35 to $1246.65 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in January rose 1.13% or 0.58 to hit $51.73 a barrel, while the February Brent oil contract rose 0.58% or 0.35 to trade at $60.50 a barrel.
USD/RUB was down 0.09% to 66.3418, while EUR/RUB fell 0.33% to 75.2800.
The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.15% at 97.165.
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