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Russian Stocks Cap Longest Rally in Four Months; Rosneft Gains

Russian stocks advanced for a fifth day, the longest run of gains in four months, as oil advanced.

The Micex gained 0.2 percent to 1,447.59 at the close in Moscow, extending its winning streak to the longest since Sept. 1. Oil producers OAO Rosneft and OAO Tatneft both advanced. The dollar-denominated RTS index rose 0.2 percent to 1,436.20.

Crude futures gained 0.5 percent to $103.50 a barrel as of 9:45 a.m. in New York. It closed yesterday at the highest price since May 10 on concern tensions over Iran will tighten global supplies of the commodity. Russia is the world’s largest oil producer.

Rosneft advanced 1.7 percent to 222.04 rubles, and Tatneft gained 0.4 percent to 173.12 rubles.

Moscow-based power supplier OAO Mosenergo gained 0.5 percent to 1.75 rubles. OAO Severstal, Russia’s second-largest steelmaker, rose 1.8 percent to 396 rubles.

Russian markets are open even as the country observes a public holiday until Jan. 10. The ruble was 0.2 percent weaker at 31.78 per dollar and 0.3 percent stronger at 41.215 per euro.

Russia’s 138 billion rubles ($4.3 billion) of domestic OFZ bonds due July 2015 rose, pushing the yield down four basis points to 7.85 percent. Dollar notes due 2020 yielded four basis points less than they did yesterday, at 4.419 percent.

German 10-year bonds stayed lower after the country sold additional securities in an auction, pushing the yield up one basis point, or 0.01 percentage point, to 1.905 percent. The Bundesbank sold 4.1 billion euros of 10-year notes at an average yield of 1.93 percent, the debt agency said in a statement today.

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