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RTS Index to Surpass All-Time High Record

Published: July 26, 2005 (Issue # 1090)


MOSCOW — The benchmark Russian Trading System, or RTS, index came within striking distance of an all-time high on Monday, the first day of extended trading hours on the bourse.

The dollar-denominated index rose 1.18 percent to close at 779.19 points on the back of an almost 4-percent gain by Sberbank. The all-time high of 781.55 was set on April 12, 2004.

The RTS index has risen by 10.3% since the start of this month, and traders say they have never seen a summer rally like this before.

Russian shares have soared after the conviction of Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky in late May, as investors seek to put the Yukos affair behind them.

Foreign money has again started chasing Russian shares as the perceived political risks ebbed and local companies raised record sums in initial public offerings abroad.

Although the RTS index, dominated by commodity producers like LUKoil, Norilsk Nickel and Surgutneftegaz, is not a perfect reflection of Russian stocks on the whole, it serves as a historical indicator of market performance.

In the month ending July 22, the Morgan Stanley Capital International Russia index, which is followed by foreign investors, has risen by 9.05 percent. In comparison, Morgan Stanley’s MSCI Emerging Markets index gained 5.48 percent.

The RTS’s rival, ruble-denominated MICEX index also posted gains of just over 1 percent to close at 702.46 on Monday.

The RTS expanded its hours this week, with the trading starting at 10:30 a.m. and ending at 6:45 p.m. to match those of MICEX. It was previously open between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

MICEX’s longer hours have attracted investors away from the RTS over the years. Its daily volume overshadows that of the RTS, exceeding it by 15 times on Friday.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Friday, Oct. 24


SPIBA’s ongoing “Breakfast with the Director” series continues today, featuring Tomas Hajek, Managing Director of the Northwest Division at Danone Russia. Hajek will be discussing collaborations between businesses from different cultures. The meeting is at 9 a.m. at the Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel and all who wish to attend must confirm their participation by Oct. 23.


Get your gong on at “Sounds of the Universe,” a concert at the city planetarium this evening incorporating six different gongs to create relaxing songs that will transport you upwards into the stratosphere. Tickets are 700 rubles ($17).



Saturday, Oct. 25


AVA Expo, the eighth edition of the event revolving around all things pop culture, returns to Lenexpo this weekend. Geeks, nerds, dweebs and dorks will have their chance to talk science fiction and explore a variety of international pop culture. Tickets for the event can be purchased on their website at avaexpo.ru.



Sunday, Oct. 26


Zenit St. Petersburg returns home for the first time in nearly a month as they host Mordovia Saransk in a Russian Premier League game. Currently at the top of the league thanks to their undefeated start to the season, the northern club hopes to extend the gap between them and second-place CSKA Moscow and win the title for the first time in three years. Tickets are available at the stadium box office or on the club’s website.



Monday, Oct. 27


Today marks the end of the art exhibit “Neophobia” at the Erarta Museum. Artists Alexey Semichov and Andrei Kuzmin took a neo-modernist approach to represent the array of fears that are ever-present throughout our lives. Tickets are 200 rubles ($4.90).



Tuesday, Oct. 28


The Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel plays host to SPIBA’s Marketing and Communications Committee’s round table discussion on “Government Relations Practices in Russia” this morning. The discussion starts at 9:30 a.m. and participation must be confirmed by Oct. 24.



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