Russia stocks were lower after the close on Friday, as losses in the Mining, Manufacturing and Oil&Gas sectors led shares lower. At the close in Moscow, the MICEX fell 0.65% to hit a new 1-month low. The best performers of the session on the MICEX were MMK (MCX:MAGN), which rose 5.27% or 0.701 points to trade at 14.000 at the close. Meanwhile, Inter rao ees (MCX:IRAO) added 4.37% or 0.0390 points to end at 0.9310 and Pharmstandard JSC (MCX:PHST) was up 4.26% or 40.0 points to 980.0 in late trade. The worst performers of the session were SG mechel (MCX:MTLR), which fell 8.29% or 5.43 points to trade at 60.11 at the close. Moskovskaya Birzha OAO (MCX:MOEX) declined 4.00% or 2.78 points to end at 66.65 and MMC Norilsk Nickel (MCX:GMKN) was down 3.93% or 405.0 points to 9905.0. Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Moscow Stock Exchange by 114 to 75 and 9 ended unchanged. The Russian VIX, which measures the implied volatility of MICEX options, was up 2.45% to 43.890. Gold for April delivery was down 0.41% or 4.90 to $1199.90 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in May fell 2.66% or 1.37 to hit $50.06 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract fell 2.10% or 1.25 to trade at $57.95 a barrel. USD/RUB was up 0.56% to 57.648, while EUR/RUB rose 0.81% to 62.913. The US Dollar Index was down 0.09% at 97.46.