Stocks in the Nordic region increased Friday, with the OMX Nordic 40 Index rising 0.6%.

engcon AB Cl B was the biggest leader during the session, gaining 8.4%, and Hexagon AB Series B rose 6.1%. Nordic Semiconductor ASA rounded out the top three leaders on Friday, with shares gaining 5.0%.

Corem Property Group AB Series B posted the largest decline, declining 5.0%, followed by Vimian Group AB shares, which fell 4.4%. Shares of Fastighets AB Balder Series B fell 3.4%.

In Denmark, the OMX Copenhagen 20 Index rose 0.3%, and the OMX Helsinki 25 Index, which tracks Finland's most-traded stocks, rose 1.0%.

Stocks on Sweden's OMX Stockholm 30 Index rose 1.1%, and Norway's Oslo Exchange Benchmark Index_GI gained 0.5%. Shares in Iceland decreased, with the OMX Iceland All-Share PI Equity Index falling 0.3%.

Elsewhere in Europe, indexes rose, with the STOXX Europe 600 Index increasing 0.7% and the FTSE 100 Index rising 0.5% from the previous close.

Stock indexes in Asia were mixed, with Japan's NIKKEI 225 Index down 1.7% and China's Shanghai Composite Index up 0.1%.

In commodities news, Brent crude oil futures were up 2.0%, while gold futures were down 1.6%. Bitcoin was up 0.7% to $43,699.

On the currency front, the WSJ Dollar Index increased 0.4% to 98.18.

Against the euro, the U.S. dollar was up 0.4%, the Danish krone was flat, the Norwegian krone was flat, the Icelandic krona was down 0.1%, and the Swedish krona was down 0.6%.

Against the U.S. dollar, the euro was down 0.4%, the Danish krone was down 0.4%, the Norwegian krone was down 0.4%, the Icelandic krona was down 0.5%, and the Swedish krona was down 1.0%.

-This article was automatically generated by MarketWatch using technology from Automated Insights. Data source: Dow Jones Market Data, FactSet.

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