Euro extends gains versus dollar, hits session high

NEW YORK Thu Jan 31, 2013 10:55am EST

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NEW YORK Jan 31 (Reuters) - The euro rose to a session high versus the dollar in mid-morning trade on Thursday, but an option barrier at $1.36 could cap further gains.

Signs of improvement in the euro zone's economy and banks have lifted the euro in recent weeks.

The euro rose as high as $1.3593 on Reuters data, the highest since November 2011. It was last at $1.3586, up 0.2 percent on the day.

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