Stocks in the Nordic region gained Wednesday, with the OMX Nordic 40 Index holding steady at 2,707.34.

Lundin Gold Inc. was the biggest leader among large stocks during the session, increasing 5.9%, and Avance Gas Holding Ltd. increased 5.6%. BW LPG Ltd. rounded out the top three leaders on Wednesday, with shares increasing 5.6%.

Bravida Holding AB posted the largest decline, plunging 10.3%, followed by Instalco AB shares, which declined 9.1%. Shares of Bonheur ASA declined 5.1%.

In Denmark, the OMX Copenhagen 20 Index gained 0.1%, while the OMX Helsinki 25 Index, which tracks Finland's most-traded stocks, declined 0.1%.

Stocks on Sweden's OMX Stockholm 30 Index increased 0.5%, and Norway's Oslo Exchange Benchmark Index_GI rose 0.3%. Shares in Iceland increased, with the OMX Iceland All-Share PI Equity Index gaining 0.7%.

Elsewhere in Europe, indexes rose, with the STOXX Europe 600 Index adding 0.1% and the FTSE 100 Index rising 0.4% from the previous close.

Stock indexes in Asia were mixed, with Japan's NIKKEI 225 Index down 1.3% and China's Shanghai Composite Index up 2.1%.

In commodities news, Brent crude oil futures were down 2.7%, and gold futures were down 0.4%. Bitcoin slipped 3.3% to $60,688.

On the currency front, the WSJ Dollar Index dropped 0.2% to 100.47.

Against the euro, the Icelandic krona was up 0.3%, the U.S. dollar was down 0.3%, the Danish krone was flat, the Swedish krona was down 0.5%, and the Norwegian krone was down 0.7%.

Against the U.S. dollar, the Icelandic krona was up 0.6%, the euro was up 0.3%, the Danish krone was up 0.3%, the Swedish krona was down 0.2%, and the Norwegian krone was down 0.4%.

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

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