The euro and the pound firmed Thursday

The euro and the pound firmed Thursday after upbeat economic data.
The single currency was up 0.42% at $1.0932 at 05.45 ET.
That pushed the dollar index back below 99 after gains as the Fed held on policy and June hike odds rose.
The euro-zone composite PMI rose to 56.8 in April, slightly more than estimated.
Euro-area retail sales in March rose 0.3% beating estimates, reinforcing the strengthening European recovery story.
The euro was also buoyed by polls indicating a clear win for Emmanuel Macron in the French presidential run-off.
The pound was up 0.25% at $1.2900 as the April services PMI unexpectedly rose to 55.8.

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