© Reuters.  Russia stocks higher at close of trade; MOEX Russia up 0.17%© Reuters. Russia stocks higher at close of trade; MOEX Russia up 0.17%

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

At the close in Moscow, the MOEX Russia gained 0.17%.

The best performers of the session on the MOEX Russia were Sberbank Rossii OAO Pref (MCX:SBER_p), which rose 2.72% or 5.07 points to trade at 191.50 at the close. Meanwhile, RusHydro JSC (MCX:HYDR) added 2.67% or 0.0179 points to end at 0.6892 and Safmar Finansovye Investitsii PAO (MCX:SFIN) was up 2.60% or 19.0 points to 750.0 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were AFK Sistema (MCX:AFKS), which fell 8.66% or 0.835 points to trade at 8.805 at the close. PIK (MCX:PIKK) declined 5.18% or 17.40 points to end at 318.20 and SG mechel (MCX:MTLR) was down 3.16% or 3.25 points to 99.45.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Moscow Stock Exchange by 140 to 75 and 17 ended unchanged.

Shares in AFK Sistema (MCX:AFKS) fell to 3-years lows; losing 8.66% or 0.835 to 8.805. Shares in SG mechel (MCX:MTLR) fell to 52-week lows; falling 3.16% or 3.25 to 99.45.

The Russian VIX, which measures the implied volatility of MOEX Russia options, was down 4.22% to 24.290.

Gold Futures for August delivery was up 0.02% or 0.20 to $1270.70 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in August rose 4.42% or 2.90 to hit $68.44 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract rose 2.41% or 1.76 to trade at $74.81 a barrel.

USD/RUB was down 1.26% to 62.9050, while EUR/RUB fell 0.88% to 73.2800.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.26% at 94.29.

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