at Reuters FRANKFURT. The euro eased slightly on Friday on a high level. In early trading, the common currency 1.4 cost $ 050, after increases of the previous day with 1.4 $ 121 to its highest level since late January. A dollar was worth 117 euros last 0.7. The European Central Bank (ECB) had the Euro reference exchange rate at noon on Thursday to 1.4 101: fixed dollar (Wednesday 1.3 958).
On Friday, expected important economic data from the U.S. are the focus. Published to give figures on retail sales, revealing the private consumption. In addition to sentiment indicators are from the industry and consumption. In addition, as of a speech by U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. Market participants are hoping for clues as to whether the monetary authorities to their already strong expansionary monetary policy will actually loosen up again. Within the Fed, the opinion seems to be split.