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Russia shares lower at close of trade; MOEX Russia down 0.24%

Published 21/12/2018, 03:35 am
© Reuters.  Russia shares lower at close of trade; MOEX Russia down 0.24%

Investing.com – Russia equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Oil & Gas, Power and Manufacturing sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Moscow, the MOEX Russia declined 0.24%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the MOEX Russia were United Company Rusal Plc (MCX:RUAL), which rose 15.33% or 4.040 points to trade at 30.395 at the close. NK RussNeft PAO (MCX:RNFT) added 2.79% or 13.6 points to end at 500.4 and Moskovskiy Kreditnyi Bank OAO (MCX:CBOM) was up 2.20% or 0.110 points to 5.110 in late trade.

Biggest losers included NPK OVK PAO (MCX:UWGN), which lost 6.93% or 28.4 points to trade at 381.6 in late trade. SG mechel (MCX:MTLR) declined 3.00% or 2.40 points to end at 77.50 and Magnit (MCX:MGNT) shed 2.99% or 110.0 points to 3565.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 128 to 85 and 19 ended unchanged on the Moscow Stock Exchange.

The Russian VIX, which measures the implied volatility of MOEX Russia options, was down 0.47% to 27.310.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was up 0.45% or 5.60 to $1262.00 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in February fell 4.86% or 2.34 to hit $45.83 a barrel, while the February Brent oil contract fell 4.37% or 2.50 to trade at $54.74 a barrel.

USD/RUB was up 1.36% to 68.3850, while EUR/RUB rose 1.77% to 78.1215.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.35% at 96.148.

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