Euro zone flash PMI data for April confounds views

Euro zone's flash manufacturing purchasing-managers' index (PMI) for April printed at 56.8, which was above the 56.1 expected and from 56.2 in March.

The bloc's flash services PMI for April was 56.2, which was up on views for and a March reading of 56.0.

Germany's flash manufacturing PMI for April was 58.2, which was up on the 58.1 expected and down on March's 58.3. Its flash services PMI was 54.7 for April, which was below both the anticipated 55.5 and previous 55.6.

France's flash manufacturing PMI for April was 55.1, which was up on the 53.1 expected and down on 53.3 in March. The country's flash services PMI was 57.7, up on the 57.0 expected and from 57.5 previously.