Russian stocks edge down as investor enthusiasm fades out
MOSCOW, Apr 19 (PRIME) -- The Russian stock market eased on Thursday as domestic investors took profit awaiting drivers for further growth, analysts said.
The MOEX Russia Index fell 0.49% to 2,230.55 and the RTS decreased 0.08% to 1,153.59.
УThe positive mood of RussiaТs stock market players has been wearing off. Trade volumes have declined noticeably following several days of explosive growth, and the upward movement has stalled,Ф Otkritie Broker analyst Andrei Kochetkov said.
Veles Broker analyst Yelena Kozhukhova agreed that investors were taking profit waiting for new signals for growth amid a worsening environment on the global stock market with the key U.S. and European benchmarks seen in the negative territory.
Most blue chips slid after several consecutive days of advance. Top bank SberbankТs common shares lost 1.12% to 213.45 rubles, the countryТs second biggest lender VTB Bank sagged 0.94% to 0.0525 rubles, and independent gas producer Novatek dropped 1.61% to 734.1 rubles.
Power company Enel Russia and metals and mining group Mechel were among the biggest losers, the stocks dropped 2.55% to 1.53 rubles and 1.8% to 125.65 rubles, respectively.
Below are the MOEX Russia IndexТs five most active stocks on Thursday:
|Company||Change, %||Last price, rbl||Trading volume, bln rbl|
(61.5539 rubles Ц U.S. $1)