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Bumper Friday for krona and stocks

The Stockholm stock exchange and the krona both hit record levels for the year on Friday as several economic indicators point to an upswing in Sweden's economic fortunes.

By close of trading the Stockholm bourse was up 2.7 percent to 281.4 points, the highest level since August last year.

Banks, trucks and engineering firms led the charge, with SEB, Volvo, Scania, Sandvik and Atlas Copco all recording significant share price increases.

The OMXS index was in a buoyant mood all afternoon on news of Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke’s bright forecast for the US economy.

The Swedish krona also hit an annual high on a day in which finance minster Anders Borg expressed optimism about Sweden’s GDP growth. The currency recorded record highs for the year against both the euro (10.09 kronor) and the dollar (7.02).

News agency TT said observers it had spoken to believed the embattled currency may now have crossed an important threshold on its path to recovery.

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FINANCE

Stockholm stock exchange suffers worst day of 2018

The Stockholm stock exchange plunged by 2.8 percent on Thursday, making it the worst trading day of 2018.

Stockholm stock exchange suffers worst day of 2018
File photo: Stina Stjernkvist/TT
Stock markets across Europe suffered for the third day in a row as the arrest of a top Huawei executive in Canada has raised the spectre of an all-out trade war between the US and China.
 
For the Stockholm Stock Exchange, it meant a blood-red trading day that ended as the worst of the year thus far. The OMXS Stockholm 30 index fell by a combined 2.8 percent.
 
The majority of the companies on the index lost value, with the exception of Ericsson, which seemed to benefit from the news about its Chinese competitor Huawei with a 1.8 percent increase. Airline SAS also saw its stock increase, rising 4.2 percent thanks to sharp declines in oil prices. 
 
Among Thursday’s biggest losers was the mining company Boliden, which suffered a 6.1 percent drop. The stock of the Stockholm-based tech company Hexagon fell 5.6 percent.
 
Meanwhile, the stock of Swedish auto safety equipment manufactor Autoliv fell 6.1 percent on the news that it expects to pay some 1.8 billion kronor in fines as a result of an European Commission investigation into anti-competitive behavior in the EU. 
 
Stockholm was far the only European bourse to have a gloomy Thursday. The CAC index in Paris fell 3.3 percent, the DAX index in Frankfurt dropped 3.5 percent and the London Stock Exchange's FTSE index decreased by 3.2 percent.
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