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Market Buzz: Russian stocks to start off week in the red

Published time: March 18, 2013 06:16
Allison Joyce/Getty Images/AFP

Allison Joyce/Getty Images/AFP

Russian stocks are likely to trade in the red today against a negative backdrop outside Russia and a lack of positive macroeconomic news. A drop in oil prices will also contribute to the expected slide on Russian floors.

Russian stocks closed mixed on Friday, March 15. The MICEX fell by 0.26% and the RTS grew 0.13%. MRSK North Caucasus, Pharmaceutical chain 36.6, Gazprom Novatek and Raspadskaya Coal Company were among the biggest gainers on Friday. Shares of Vozrozhdenie bank, Polyus Gold, Aeroflot and TGK-1 fell in value.

European floors closed Friday’s session in the red. The UK’s FTSE100 declined by 0.61%, the German DAX lost 0.19% and the French CAC40 dropped by 0.71%.

US stocks also closed in negative territory on Friday. The Dow dropped 0.17% following continuous growth last week, the S&P500 lost 0.16% and the NASDAQ declined by 0.3%.

Little is expected on Monday in the way of macroeconomic news. The eurozone will release its foreign trade balance update for January; trade with countries outside the EU is expected to have produced a 3.4-billion-euro surplus.

The US National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) will release its developer confidence update. The index – measured on a scale from 0 to 100 – is expected to stand at 48 points.

Russia's United Aircraft Corporation will hold a special meeting of shareholders to discuss about 30.8 billion rubles in cuts to the company’s charter capital fund. Russian Global Ports is expected to release its 2012 financial statement.

Asian floors are currently trading in the red: The Shanghai Composite has lost around 1.02%, the Hang Seng is up 2.0% and the Nikkei has dropped 2.1%.

Oil is declining: Brent is down by 1.33%, while Light has dropped by 1.31%. Prices are sagging due to investor fears of slowed growth in the global economy. The US has excluded 10 eurozone nations and Japan from sanctions against Iranian oil imports. Rising exports of oil from Iran will likely lead to a decline in global oil prices.

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