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FOREX-Dollar recovers ground on strong U.S. jobs, factory data

(Updates prices, adds comments; changes byline, dateline; previous LONDON)

* ADP data shows U.S. private employers added 246,000 jobs

* Dollar index rises from more than seven-week low hit Tuesday

* Trump, Navarro comments on Tuesday limit dollar gains

* Fed statement set for release at 2 p.m. EST (1900 GMT)

* Graphic: World FX rates in 2016 tmsnrt.rs/2egbfVh

By Sam Forgione

NEW YORK, Feb 1 (Reuters) - The U.S. dollar recovered some ground on Wednesday after stronger-than-expected U.S. private payrolls and manufacturing data, while lingering worries that the United States was poised to ditch its “strong dollar” policy limited gains.

The dollar gained as much as 1 percent against the yen, briefly recovering all of Tuesday’s losses against the Japanese currency after the ADP National Employment Report showed U.S. private employers added 246,000 jobs in January and the Institute for Supply Management said its index of national factory activity rose to 56.

The dollar hit a session high of 113.95 yen a day after tumbling to 112.04 yen, its lowest level since Nov. 30, while the euro sank more than 0.5 percent to a session low of $1.0737 after touching a more than seven-week high of $1.0811 on Tuesday.

Analysts said the U.S. economic data bolstered expectations that Friday’s non-farm payrolls report for January could come in strong, which in turn could encourage the Federal Reserve to follow through with its projected three interest rate increases this year.

The renewed focus on the Fed, which is expected to keep rates steady in a policy decision scheduled to be released at 2 p.m. EST (1900 GMT), partly diverted traders’ attention from U.S. President Donald Trump and a top economics adviser’s comments on Tuesday that Germany, Japan and China were engaged in devaluing their currencies to the harm of American companies and consumers.

“ADP just served as a reminder of America’s rosier fundamentals, something that has been pushed off to the side with Washington dominating the spotlight,” said Joe Manimbo, senior market analyst at Western Union Business Solutions in Washington.

The dollar index, which measures the greenback against a basket of six major rivals, rose as much as 0.6 percent to a session high of 100.040 after tumbling to a more than seven-week low of 99.430 on Tuesday and finishing its worst January in three decades.

The index quickly dipped back below 100, however, as worries lingered over the Trump administration’s expected efforts to continue talking down the dollar. The dollar index was last up 0.4 percent at 99.924, recovering less than half of Tuesday’s 0.9 percent loss.

“It’s extremely clear that this administration wants a weaker dollar,” said Douglas Borthwick, managing director at Chapdelaine Foreign Exchange in New York. (Reporting by Sam Forgione; Additional reporting by Jemima Kelly in London; Editing by Dan Grebler)

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