Nordic stocks increased Friday, with the OMX Nordic 40 Index rising 0.5%.

Marel hf. was the biggest leader during the session, jumping 19.7%, and Alm. Brand A/S gained 5.5%. Brim hf. rounded out the top three leaders on Friday, with shares rising 5.4%.

Bravida Holding AB posted the largest decline, dropping 5.8%, followed by BlueNord ASA shares, which dropped 5.2%. Shares of Vitrolife AB dropped 4.7%.

In Denmark, the OMX Copenhagen 20 Index increased 0.7%, and the OMX Helsinki 25 Index, which tracks Finland's most-traded stocks, increased 0.1%.

Stocks on Sweden's OMX Stockholm 30 Index rose 0.1%, and Norway's Oslo Exchange Benchmark Index_GI gained 0.7%. Shares in Iceland increased, with the OMX Iceland All-Share PI Equity Index adding 5.4%.

Elsewhere in Europe, indexes rose, with the STOXX Europe 600 Index gaining 0.3% and the FTSE 100 Index rising 0.1% from the previous close.

Stock indexes in Asia were mixed, with Japan's NIKKEI 225 Index up 0.5% and China's Shanghai Composite Index down 0.7%.

In commodities news, Brent crude oil futures were unchanged, and gold futures were up 0.4%. Bitcoin climbed 0.5% to $37,448.

On the currency front, the WSJ Dollar Index dropped 0.2% to 98.16.

Against the euro, the Icelandic krona was up 1.6%, the Norwegian krone was up 0.4%, the Swedish krona was up 0.1%, the Danish krone was flat, and the U.S. dollar was down 0.2%.

Against the U.S. dollar, the Icelandic krona was up 1.8%, the Norwegian krone was up 0.4%, the Swedish krona was up 0.3%, the Danish krone was up 0.3%, and the euro was up 0.2%.

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

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