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Russia Equity Movers: MRSK, Novatek, Rostelecom, RusHydro, X5

The 30-stock Micex Index gained 1.6 percent to 1,416.50 by the close in Moscow. The dollar-denominated RTS Index climbed 2.1 percent to 1,368.69.

The following were among the most active equities in the Russian market today. Stock symbols are in parenthesis.

OAO MRSK Holding (MRKH RX) added 0.5 percent to 1.675 rubles, having dropped as much as 1.9 percent earlier. Russia plans to sell a unit of MRSK Holding through an additional share issuance as it merges the largest distributor with national network operator Federal Grid Co., Energy Minister Alexander Novak said. Federal Grid Co. (FEES RX) added 2.7 percent to 23.18 kopeks.

OAO Novatek (NVTK RX) jumped 6 percent to 346.22 rubles, the most since June 29. The shares rose on speculation the Russian natural-gas producer may breach OAO Gazprom’s monopoly on exports. Global depositary receipts surged 5.3 percent to $112.

OAO Rostelecom (RTKM RX) climbed 1.1 percent to 119.28 rubles, the most since July 3. Russia’s long-distance phone operator gained for the first time in three days as first-quarter profit jumped 38 percent after broadband and paid television subscribers rose.

OAO RusHydro (HYDR RX) added 1.6 percent to 85.86 kopeks. OAO Rosneftegaz, the energy holding run by President Vladimir Putin’s ally Igor Sechin, plans to acquire about 5 percent of the hydropower producer for cash and stock, Energy Minister Alexander Novak said.

X5 Retail Group NV (FIVE LI) tumbled 5 percent to $21.18 in London. Russia’s largest food retailer by revenue fell to the lowest level since Jan. 30 after Chief Executive Officer Andrei Gusev quit, effective immediately.

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