Nordic stocks dropped Friday, with the OMX Nordic 40 Index declining 1.1%.

Storskogen Group AB Series B posted the largest decline during the session, falling 7.4%, followed by GN Store Nord A/S shares, which dropped 6.5%. Shares of Hexatronic Group AB dropped 4.8%.

Vimian Group AB was the biggest leader, gaining 9.0%, and Zealand Pharma A/S increased 8.2%. Electrolux AB Series A rounded out the top three leaders on Friday, with shares rising 4.8%.

In Denmark, the OMX Copenhagen 20 Index dropped 1.3%, and the OMX Helsinki 25 Index, which tracks Finland's most-traded stocks, fell 0.4%.

Stocks on Sweden's OMX Stockholm 30 Index dropped 0.4%, while Norway's Oslo Exchange Benchmark Index_GI declined 1.4%. Shares in Iceland were flat, with the OMX Iceland All-Share PI Equity Index holding steady at 2,078.91.

Elsewhere in Europe, indexes fell, with the STOXX Europe 600 Index declining 0.6% and the FTSE 100 Index declining 0.7% from the previous close.

Stock indexes in Asia were down, with Japan's NIKKEI 225 Index dropping 0.6% and China's Shanghai Composite Index falling 1.0%.

In commodities news, Brent crude oil futures were up 0.5%, and gold futures were up 0.3%. Bitcoin was down 5.9% to $25,986.

On the currency front, the WSJ Dollar Index dropped 0.1% to 98.15.

Against the euro, the Icelandic krona was flat, the U.S. dollar was flat, the Danish krone was flat, the Swedish krona was down 0.3%, and the Norwegian krone was down 0.3%.

Against the U.S. dollar, the Danish krone was flat, the euro was flat, the Icelandic krona was flat, the Swedish krona was down 0.2%, and the Norwegian krone was down 0.3%.

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

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