Investing.com – Russia stocks were lower after the close on Thursday, as losses in the Oil&Gas, Power and Telecoms sectors led shares lower.
At the close in Moscow, the MOEX Russia lost 1.17%.
The best performers of the session on the MOEX Russia were NPK OVK PAO (MCX:UWGN), which rose 22.72% or 118.7 points to trade at 641.2 at the close. Meanwhile, Ros Agro PLC (MCX:AGRODR) added 0.86% or 7 points to end at 825 and Severstal - ao (MCX:CHMF) was up 0.69% or 7.00 points to 1026.00 in late trade.
The worst performers of the session were United Company Rusal Plc (MCX:RUAL), which fell 3.35% or 1.045 points to trade at 30.150 at the close. Trubnaya Metallurgicheskaya Kompaniya OAO (MCX:TRMK) declined 2.85% or 1.52 points to end at 51.78 and AFK Sistema (MCX:AFKS) was down 2.63% or 0.260 points to 9.640.
Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Moscow Stock Exchange by 150 to 70 and 16 ended unchanged.
Shares in Ros Agro PLC (MCX:AGRODR) rose to 52-week highs; up 0.86% or 7 to 825. Shares in Trubnaya Metallurgicheskaya Kompaniya OAO (MCX:TRMK) fell to 52-week lows; losing 2.85% or 1.52 to 51.78.
The Russian VIX, which measures the implied volatility of MOEX Russia options, was up 1.28% to 22.970.
Gold Futures for April delivery was down 0.02% or 0.25 to $1314.15 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in March fell 3.41% or 1.84 to hit $52.17 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract fell 2.55% or 1.60 to trade at $61.09 a barrel.
USD/RUB was up 0.28% to 66.0518, while EUR/RUB rose 0.18% to 74.9838.
The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.05% at 96.203.