Nordic stocks gained Wednesday, with the OMX Nordic 40 Index rising 0.9%.

Hagar Hf. was the biggest leader during the session, adding 5.1%, and Corem Property Group AB Series A increased 4.6%. Ambu A/S Series B rounded out the top three leaders on Wednesday, with shares gaining 3.8%.

Mowi ASA posted the largest decline, falling 4.0%, followed by Sinch AB shares, which declined 3.3%. Shares of AddLife AB dropped 3.0%.

In Denmark, the OMX Copenhagen 20 Index increased 1.4%, and the OMX Helsinki 25 Index, which tracks Finland's most-traded stocks, increased 0.2%.

Stocks on Sweden's OMX Stockholm 30 Index rose 0.3%, while Norway's Oslo Exchange Benchmark Index_GI fell 0.2%. Shares in Iceland increased, with the OMX Iceland All-Share PI Equity Index adding 1.3%.

Elsewhere in Europe, indexes rose, with the STOXX Europe 600 Index rising 0.2% and the FTSE 100 Index rising 1.0% from the previous close.

Stock indexes in Asia were mixed, with Japan's NIKKEI 225 Index up 1.4% and China's Shanghai Composite Index down 1.0%.

In commodities news, Brent crude oil futures were up 0.7%, while gold futures were down 0.3%. Bitcoin was up 3.3% to $43,858.

On the currency front, the WSJ Dollar Index increased 0.2% to 96.75.

Against the euro, the Swedish krona was up 0.4%, the U.S. dollar was up 0.3%, the Icelandic krona was up 0.1%, the Danish krone was flat, and the Norwegian krone was down 0.2%.

Against the U.S. dollar, the Swedish krona was up 0.1%, the Icelandic krona was down 0.1%, the euro was down 0.2%, the Danish krone was down 0.3%, and the Norwegian krone was down 0.5%.

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

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