European stocks increased Thursday, as the Stoxx Europe 600 index /zigman2/quotes/210599654/delayed XX:SXXP -1.67% finished up 0.39% to 440.76.
The German DAX /zigman2/quotes/210597999/delayed DX:DAX -1.71% added 0.52% to 13,697.41, the French CAC 40 index /zigman2/quotes/210597958/delayed FR:PX1 -1.53% gained 0.45% to 6,557.40 and the FTSE 100 index /zigman2/quotes/210598409/delayed UK:UKX -1.77% rose 0.35% to 7,541.85.
Among Stoxx Europe 600 constituents, pharmaceuticals company Siegfried Holding AG /zigman2/quotes/205413733/delayed CH:SFZN +0.93% saw the largest increase Thursday, as shares surged 15.7%.
Shares of oil extraction firm Orron Energy AB /zigman2/quotes/205930854/delayed SE:ORRON +0.90% and drug retail company Zur Rose Group AG /zigman2/quotes/205626361/delayed CH:ROSE -11.48% added 12.8% and 8.4%, respectively.
Nibe Industrier AB Series B /zigman2/quotes/203227306/delayed SE:NIBE.B -2.37% , a building materials/products company, and oil extraction firm Aker BP ASA /zigman2/quotes/210393113/delayed NO:AKRBP -1.15% rounded out the top five largest increases as their stocks gained 7.5% and 6.1%, respectively.
Shares of building materials/products company Rockwool A/S Series B /zigman2/quotes/200482992/delayed DK:ROCK.B -4.09% saw the largest drop of the Stoxx Europe 600 constituents, as shares fell 8.3% on Thursday.
Shares of mixed retailing firm THG PLC /zigman2/quotes/221121045/delayed UK:THG -10.39% and clothing retail company Zalando SE /zigman2/quotes/203377673/delayed XE:ZAL -6.16% weakened 7.4% and 4.7%, respectively.
MorphoSys AG /zigman2/quotes/205694191/delayed XE:MOR -2.61% , a biotechnology company, and precision products business Indutrade AB /zigman2/quotes/202389775/delayed SE:INDT -3.67% rounded out the top five largest decreases as their stocks declined 4.5% and 4.4%, respectively.
The pound /zigman2/quotes/210561263/realtime/sampled GBPUSD +1.7078% was down 0.68% against the dollar, and the euro /zigman2/quotes/210561242/realtime/sampled EURUSD +0.6779% was down 0.66%. Brent crude added 2.34% to $95.84.
The yield on the 10-year gilt /zigman2/quotes/211347177/realtime BX:TMBMKGB-10Y +3.19% fell 1.00 basis points to 2.311%, and the yield on the German 10-year bund /zigman2/quotes/211347112/realtime BX:TMBMKDE-10Y +2.67% declined 0.013 basis points to 1.10%.