LONDON (Reuters) - The euro and euro zone stocks continued to slide on Friday as euro zone factories posted their busiest month in over 17 years in November.
The single currency EUR=EBS eased slightly from the day's highs of $1.1940 to trade at $1.1920. It was still up 0.2 percent on the day.
One trader at a Japanese bank said some large sell-orders in euro/yen cascaded into euro/dollar pushing the single currency off the highs.
Euro zone shares .STOXXE, which started to accelerate losses about half an hour before the release of the data, briefly touched a session low before stabilizing down about 0.8 percent.
Euro zone factories had their busiest month for over 17 years in November in a broad based acceleration, a purchasing managers’ index showed, despite their hiking prices at the fastest rate in more than six years.
Reporting by the London Markets Team; Editing by Georgina Prodhan