Monday, September 24, 2018

© Reuters.  Russia stocks higher at close of trade; MICEX up 0.36%© Reuters. Russia stocks higher at close of trade; MICEX up 0.36% – Russia stocks were higher after the close on Monday, as gains in the Mining, Power and Oil & Gas sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Moscow, the MICEX gained 0.36% to hit a new 6-months high.

The best performers of the session on the MICEX were MMC Norilsk Nickel (MCX:GMKN), which rose 2.76% or 290.0 points to trade at 10780.0 at the close. Meanwhile, Sberbank Rossii OAO Pref (MCX:SBER_p) added 2.47% or 3.95 points to end at 163.95 and NLMK ao (MCX:NLMK) was up 2.47% or 3.29 points to 136.29 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were PIK (MCX:PIKK), which fell 4.76% or 15.50 points to trade at 309.80 at the close. Yandex NV (MCX:YNDX) declined 1.40% or 26.00 points to end at 1832.00 and Rostelecom (MCX:RTKM) was down 1.21% or 0.82 points to 66.68.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Moscow Stock Exchange by 142 to 86 and 14 ended unchanged.

Shares in Sberbank Rossii OAO Pref (MCX:SBER_p) rose to all time highs; gaining 2.47% or 3.95 to 163.95.

The Russian VIX, which measures the implied volatility of MICEX options, was up 0.51% to 15.710.

Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.11% or 1.47 to $1306.07 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in November rose 0.84% or 0.43 to hit $51.88 a barrel, while the December Brent oil contract rose 1.07% or 0.61 to trade at $57.78 a barrel.

USD/RUB was up 0.28% to 57.3338, while EUR/RUB rose 0.16% to 67.7183.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.08% at 92.99.

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