The Russian stock market opened with a decline of MICEX and RTS by 0.5-1%

Moscow. June 15. INTERFAX.RU – the Russian stock Market opened on Thursday decrease in ruble prices of blue chips on the background of negative external factors, as well as news about the toughening of US anti-Russian sanctions; indexes MICEX and RTS per minute bidding lost 0.5-1%, the latter fell back to the turn of 1000 points. By 10:01 GMT MICEX index amounted to 1829,69 paragraph (-0,5%), the lowest level since the end of March 2016, the RTS index – 1003,3 points (-1%), the lowest level since November 2016; ruble prices of most of the major “chips” on the Moscow stock exchange fell by 2.5%.

Worth $ 57.42 rouble (ruble -0,01).

The U.S. Senate yesterday approved an amendment providing for a tightening of anti-Russian sanctions and prohibits the President alone to mitigate further restrictive measures against Russia.

Cheaper ruble the shares of “Magnet” (-0,5%), Mechel (-1.5%), the “Masuri” (-1,2%), PJSC “Polyus” (-2,5%), Russian grids (-1,7%), “Rusala” (-1%), Sberbank (-0,6% -1,1% “preferred shares”), Tatneft (-1%), “FGC UES” (-1,5%).

Indexes in the U.S. were mixed, the Dow Jones industrial made new high and the S&P 500 and Nasdaq dipped after the publication of the results of the meeting of the Federal reserve system (FRS).

The fed following the meeting, 13-14 June decided to raise the target range of interest rates on Federal loan funds (federal funds rate) by 25 basis points to 1-1. 25% per annum, which coincided with the expectations of the vast majority of economists and market participants. The fed still expects another third rate increase in 2017 and retains plans for a rate hike in 2018. This has surprised many investors, who assumed that the American Central Bank will slow the pace of rising rates in the persistence of weak inflation.

In addition, the fed plans to begin reducing the assets on the balance sheet, which after the stimulus programs amounted to $4.5 trillion, this year.