European stocks finished lower Wednesday, with the Stoxx Europe 600 index /zigman2/quotes/210599654/delayed XX:SXXP +0.52% falling 1.02% to 398.91.
The German DAX /zigman2/quotes/210597999/delayed DX:DAX +0.75% dropped 1.21% to 12,517.18, the French CAC 40 index /zigman2/quotes/210597958/delayed FR:PX1 +0.66% dropped 0.90% to 5,985.46 and the FTSE 100 index /zigman2/quotes/210598409/delayed UK:UKX +0.34% weakened 0.48% to 7,052.62.
Among Stoxx Europe 600 constituents, securities company Avanza Bank Holding AB /zigman2/quotes/208130840/delayed SE:AZA +5.08% saw the largest drop Wednesday, as shares tumbled 13.4%
Shares of real estate developers firm Fastighets AB Balder Series B /zigman2/quotes/207785487/delayed SE:BALD.B +0.27% and food retail company Ocado Group PLC /zigman2/quotes/207225647/delayed UK:OCDO +2.37% tumbled 10.3% and 10.0%, respectively.
Zur Rose Group AG , a drug retail company, and real estate developers firm Castellum AB /zigman2/quotes/206956510/delayed SE:CAST +1.52% rounded out the top five largest decreases as their stocks declined 9.9% and 9.2%, respectively.
International Distribution Services PLC /zigman2/quotes/204213037/delayed UK:IDS -0.28% , an air freight company, saw the largest increase of the Stoxx Europe 600 constituents, as shares gained 5.7% on Wednesday.
Shares of internet/online firm Sinch AB /zigman2/quotes/209396839/delayed SE:SINCH +1.39% and biotechnology company arGEN-X SE /zigman2/quotes/209977721/delayed BE:ARGX -0.44% added 3.8% and 3.1%, respectively.
Infineon Technologies AG /zigman2/quotes/203152288/delayed XE:IFX +2.51% , a semiconductors company, and major oil & gas business Repsol S.A. /zigman2/quotes/202941606/delayed ES:REP -0.54% rounded out the top five largest increases as their stocks added 3.1% and 2.6%, respectively.
The pound /zigman2/quotes/210561263/realtime/sampled GBPUSD -0.0478% was down 1.77% against the dollar, and the euro /zigman2/quotes/210561242/realtime/sampled EURUSD 0.0000% was down 1.25%. Brent crude gained 1.85% to $93.50.
The yield on the 10-year gilt /zigman2/quotes/211347177/realtime BX:TMBMKGB-10Y -2.29% declined 4.30 basis points to 4.033%, and the yield on the German 10-year bund /zigman2/quotes/211347112/realtime BX:TMBMKDE-10Y -2.15% declined 0.085 basis points to 2.03%.