Russian stocks soar as Moscow reopens as Putin backs market Business


Russian stocks rose as trading reopened after a historic shutdown of the Moscow Stock Exchange.

The benchmark rose 11% in early trading, driven by gains in energy stocks such as Lukoil and Gazprom.

The market is open for a shortened session, with just 33 stocks trading. Moscow has also implemented a series of measures to try to limit a sale, including a ban on short sales and foreign withdrawals of their investments, as well as a cash injection from the Russian wealth fund.

The Moscow Stock Exchange has been closed since February 26. It crashed as much as 45% after Russia invaded Ukraine – its biggest drop ever.

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What happened overnight

At the start of trading, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Seoul, Wellington, Taipei and Bangkok were all down, although Sydney and Singapore made gains.

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