Nordic stocks dropped Wednesday, with the OMX Nordic 40 Index declining 0.7%.

Fortnox AB posted the largest decline among large stocks during the session, tumbling 14.8%, followed by Svenska Handelsbanken Series B shares, which dropped 4.3%. Shares of Lindab International AB fell 3.8%.

H&M Hennes & Mauritz AB Series B was the biggest leader, surging 15.2%, and Embracer Group AB Series B gained 9.4%. Beijer Ref AB Series B rounded out the top three leaders on Wednesday, with shares increasing 8.7%.

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

Stocks on Sweden's OMX Stockholm 30 Index fell 0.4%, while Norway's Oslo Exchange Benchmark Index_GI increased 0.4%. Shares in Iceland increased, with the OMX Iceland All-Share PI Equity Index rising 0.9%.

Elsewhere in Europe, indexes were mixed, with the STOXX Europe 600 Index gaining 0.1% and the FTSE 100 Index steady from the previous close.

Stock indexes in Asia were mixed, with Japan's NIKKEI 225 Index up 0.9% and China's Shanghai Composite Index down 1.3%.

In commodities news, Brent crude oil futures were down 0.6%, while gold futures were up 0.6%. Bitcoin was down 0.5% to $69,122.

On the currency front, the WSJ Dollar Index held steady at 98.99.

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

Against the U.S. dollar, the euro was down 0.1%, the Danish krone was down 0.1%, the Swedish krona was down 0.3%, the Norwegian krone was down 0.4%, and the Icelandic krona was down 0.6%.

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

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