U.S. equity markets were mixed Thursday as Big Tech outperformed after weekly jobless claims rose more than expected.
The MOEX index rose by 0.37% to 3,513.21 points on Thursday, the RTS index rose by 0.7% to 1,439.51 points.
The dollar dropped by 3.24 kopecks to 76.94 rubles at the opening of trading on the Moscow Exchange on Thursday.
The Russian stock indices, that started trading with a decline on Wednesday, grew slightly by the end of the session.
The interest of Russians in foreign exchange transactions in March 2021 increased by almost a quarter compared to February, and the total amount of such transactions increased by 10%, according to the Russian Standard bank study, made available to TASS on Wednesday.
The last time the dollar was above 78 rubles was on November 5, 2020.
Bond sales by two of Europe’s most indebted nations have been inundated by demand as an economic recovery begins to lift yields from historically low levels.
At the end of 2020, foreign exchange reserves of the People’s Bank of China increased by 3.49% in annual terms and reached $3.21 trillion.
Indian equities ended higher for the second day in a row as benchmark indices saw buying interest in banking, auto and technology names.
The Russian stock market opened with a decline in stock indices.