Stocks in the Nordic region rose Friday, with the OMX Nordic 40 Index rising 0.2%.

BioArctic AB Series B was the biggest leader among large stocks during the session, increasing 8.3%, and Norsk Hydro ASA gained 5.3%. Nordic Semiconductor ASA rounded out the top three leaders on Friday, with shares adding 5.0%.

Ambu A/S Series B posted the largest decline, dropping 5.1%, followed by Netcompany Group A/S shares, which dropped 4.8%. Shares of Electrolux AB Series B dropped 4.5%.

In Denmark, the OMX Copenhagen 20 Index gained 0.6%, while the OMX Helsinki 25 Index, which tracks Finland's most-traded stocks, declined 0.3%.

Stocks on Sweden's OMX Stockholm 30 Index increased 0.3%, and Norway's Oslo Exchange Benchmark Index_GI gained 1.5%. Shares in Iceland decreased, with the OMX Iceland All-Share PI Equity Index declining 0.1%.

Elsewhere in Europe, indexes rose, with the STOXX Europe 600 Index gaining 0.1% and the FTSE 100 Index gaining 0.9% from the previous close.

Stock indexes in Asia were mixed, with Japan's NIKKEI 225 Index up 0.2% and China's Shanghai Composite Index down 0.5%.

In commodities news, Brent crude oil futures were up 1.3%, and gold futures were up 1.1%. Bitcoin slipped 2.2% to $68,943.

On the currency front, the WSJ Dollar Index gained 0.5% to 100.19.

Against the euro, the U.S. dollar was up 0.8%, the Norwegian krone was up 0.1%, the Danish krone was flat, the Icelandic krona was down 0.1%, and the Swedish krona was down 0.7%.

Against the U.S. dollar, the Norwegian krone was down 0.6%, the Danish krone was down 0.8%, the euro was down 0.8%, the Icelandic krona was down 0.9%, and the Swedish krona was down 1.5%.

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

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