European stocks finished lower Wednesday, with the Stoxx Europe 600 index /zigman2/quotes/210599654/delayed XX:SXXP +3.12% falling 0.91% to 439.03.
The German DAX /zigman2/quotes/210597999/delayed DX:DAX +3.78% dropped 2.04% to 13,626.71, the French CAC 40 index /zigman2/quotes/210597958/delayed FR:PX1 +4.24% fell 0.97% to 6,528.32 and the FTSE 100 index /zigman2/quotes/210598409/delayed UK:UKX +2.57% dropped 0.27% to 7,515.75.
Among Stoxx Europe 600 constituents, multiutilities company Uniper SE /zigman2/quotes/208981032/delayed XE:UN01 +1.69% saw the largest drop Wednesday, as shares plunged 12.1%
Shares of oil extraction firm Orron Energy AB /zigman2/quotes/205930854/delayed SE:ORRON +5.26% and motor vehicle parts company Faurecia SE /zigman2/quotes/208852435/delayed FR:EO +5.04% dropped 10.1% and 8.4%, respectively.
Persimmon PLC /zigman2/quotes/206444744/delayed UK:PSN +2.08% , a residential building construction company, and clothing retail business Zalando SE /zigman2/quotes/203377673/delayed XE:ZAL +8.28% rounded out the top five largest decreases as their stocks weakened 7.8% and 7.6%, respectively.
Tecan Group AG /zigman2/quotes/203551706/delayed CH:TECN +7.43% , a medical equipment/supplies company, saw the largest increase among Stoxx Europe 600 constituents, as shares gained 8.3% on Wednesday.
Shares of food products firm Glanbia PLC /zigman2/quotes/203387842/delayed IE:GL9 +4.91% and medical equipment/supplies company Coloplast A/S Series B /zigman2/quotes/206586833/delayed DK:COLO.B +3.05% increased 7.3% and 7.3%, respectively.
Carlsberg A/S Series B /zigman2/quotes/208335740/delayed DK:CARL.B +3.73% , an alcoholic beverages/drinks company, and industrial electronics firm Vestas Wind Systems A/S /zigman2/quotes/205019303/delayed DK:VWS +5.56% rounded out the top five largest increases as their stocks gained 3.9% and 2.8%, respectively.
The pound /zigman2/quotes/210561263/realtime/sampled GBPUSD +0.9981% was down 0.52% against the dollar, and the euro /zigman2/quotes/210561242/realtime/sampled EURUSD +1.4148% was down 0.08%. Brent crude weakened 0.35% to $92.02.
The yield on the 10-year gilt /zigman2/quotes/211347177/realtime BX:TMBMKGB-10Y -2.34% declined 7.54 basis points to 2.289%, and the yield on the German 10-year bund /zigman2/quotes/211347112/realtime BX:TMBMKDE-10Y -2.13% declined 0.117 basis points to 1.09%.