(Updates with closing share price in second paragraph.)
Oct. 3 (Bloomberg) -- OAO Transneft, the Russian oil pipeline monopoly operator, declined for the first day in three as crude slipped below $79 a barrel.
The shares dropped as much as 6.3 percent and traded 4.2 percent lower at 31,406 rubles by the 6:45 p.m. Moscow close.
Crude for November delivery fell 45 cents to $78.75 a barrel in New York as the growing European debt crisis curbed demand.
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