© Reuters. Russia stocks higher at close of trade; MOEX Russia up 0.19%

Investing.com – Russia stocks were higher after the close on Friday, as gains in the , and sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Moscow, the added 0.19%.

The best performers of the session on the were MMC Norilsk Nickel (MCX:), which rose 2.11% or 284.0 points to trade at 13720.0 at the close. Meanwhile, NOVATEK (MCX:) added 1.79% or 19.00 points to end at 1078.20 and MMK (MCX:) was up 1.72% or 0.775 points to 45.900 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were NPK OVK PAO (MCX:), which fell 4.57% or 20.5 points to trade at 428.5 at the close. SG mechel (MCX:) declined 2.17% or 1.52 points to end at 68.59 and AFK Sistema (MCX:) was down 1.52% or 0.147 points to 9.542.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Moscow Stock Exchange by 114 to 112 and 15 ended unchanged.

Shares in SG mechel (MCX:) fell to 52-week lows; falling 2.17% or 1.52 to 68.59.

The , which measures the implied volatility of MOEX Russia options, was down 4.44% to 21.970.

Gold Futures for June delivery was up 0.40% or 5.15 to $1300.45 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in May rose 1.45% or 0.86 to hit $60.16 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract rose 0.83% or 0.56 to trade at $67.66 a barrel.

USD/RUB was up 0.92% to 65.5361, while EUR/RUB rose 0.96% to 73.5580.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.01% at 96.773.

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