Stocks in the Nordic region increased Friday, with the OMX Nordic 40 Index rising 1.5%.

Bakkafrost P/F was the biggest leader among large stocks during the session, surging 12.1%, and Fortnox AB surged 10.6%. Iceland Seafood International hf. rounded out the top three leaders on Friday, with shares gaining 9.6%.

Tomra Systems ASA posted the largest decline, declining 6.3%, followed by Clas Ohlson AB Series B shares, which declined 5.3%. Shares of Carlsberg A/S Series A dropped 5.1%.

In Denmark, the OMX Copenhagen 20 Index increased 2.8%, and the OMX Helsinki 25 Index, which tracks Finland's most-traded stocks, increased 0.1%.

Stocks on Sweden's OMX Stockholm 30 Index gained 0.4%, and Norway's Oslo Exchange Benchmark Index_GI rose 0.7%. Shares in Iceland increased, with the OMX Iceland All-Share PI Equity Index increasing 0.9%.

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

Stock indexes in Asia were up, with Japan's NIKKEI 225 Index up 1.9% and China's Shanghai Composite Index rising 0.4%.

In commodities news, Brent crude oil futures were up 2.4%, and gold futures were up 1.8%. Bitcoin fell 0.5% to $61,754.

On the currency front, the WSJ Dollar Index declined 0.2% to 98.48.

Against the euro, the Norwegian krone was up 0.6%, the Swedish krona was up 0.2%, the Icelandic krona was flat, the Danish krone was flat, and the U.S. dollar was down 0.3%.

Against the U.S. dollar, the Norwegian krone was up 0.9%, the Swedish krona was up 0.5%, the Danish krone was up 0.3%, the Icelandic krona was up 0.3%, and the euro was up 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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