Russia stocks were higher after the close on Thursday, as gains in the Power, Oil&Gas and Telecoms sectors led shares higher. At the close in Moscow, the MICEX rose 2.06%. The best performers of the session on the MICEX were SG mechel (MCX:MTLR), which rose 6.85% or 3.93 points to trade at 61.29 at the close. Meanwhile, Tatneft OAO Pref (MCX:TATN_p) added 4.78% or 7.70 points to end at 168.80 and Tatneft-3 (MCX:TATN) was up 4.78% or 13.95 points to 306.00 in late trade. The worst performers of the session were Polyus Gold International Ltd (MCX:PGIL), which fell 3.41% or 7.10 points to trade at 201.00 at the close. PhosAgro ao (MCX:PHOR) declined 3.06% or 90.0 points to end at 2849.0 and Polymetal International PLC (MCX:POLY) was down 2.72% or 13.50 points to 483.00. Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Moscow Stock Exchange by 145 to 57 and 13 ended unchanged. The Russian VIX, which measures the implied volatility of MICEX options, was down 1.57% to 41.400. Gold for December delivery was down 0.07% or 0.80 to $1123.80 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in October rose 8.52% or 3.29 to hit $41.89 a barrel, while the October Brent oil contract rose 7.52% or 3.25 to trade at $46.38 a barrel. USD/RUB was down 3.19% to 66.719, while EUR/RUB fell 3.80% to 74.998. The US Dollar Index was up 0.64% at 95.91.