* Dollar/yen edges up to 13-day high after upbeat U.S. ISM
* Sterling wallows in reach of 31-year low vs dollar
* RBA holds rates at 1.5 pct, Aussie shows little reaction
(Adds reaction to RBA policy decision)
By Shinichi Saoshiro
TOKYO, Oct 4 The dollar rose against the yen and
euro on Tuesday, boosted by an upbeat U.S. manfacturing sector
survey, while the pound wallowed near a three-decade low on
concerns over a potential "hard Brexit" for Britain.
The dollar added to overnight gains and was up 0.5 percent
at 102.170 yen after touching a 13-day high of 102.395.
The euro dipped 0.1 percent to $1.1201 after slipping 0.3
percent the previous day.
The greenback was on the front foot after an Institute for
Supply Management (ISM) survey showed the U.S. manufacturing
sector returned to expansion in September.
The dollar also firmed against the yen because of a
reduction in risk aversion, as concerns over Deutsche Bank have
eased for now.
"There might be follow-through buying for the dollar, but
it could be difficult for the currency to break out of recent
range as the ISM data alone won't boost the case for the Fed to
continuously hike rates," said Shin Kadota, chief Japan FX
strategist at Barclays in Tokyo.
Fed funds futures imply that investors still see a very low
chance of the Federal Reserve raising interest rates at its next
policy meeting in November. The the odds slightly favour an
increase in December. But before then the currency market will
have to navigate the U.S. presidential election.
The dollar index rose 0.2 percent to 95.893.
The U.S. currency was particularly strong against the pound,
which has declined steadily since British Prime Minister Theresa
May set a March deadline to begin the UK's formal departure
process from the European Union.
The March deadline offers some clarity to the process and
underpinned stocks, but many in the market worry that the
government's stance points to a "hard Brexit" where Britain
quits the single market in favour of retaining control over
Sterling was down 0.1 percent at $1.2829 after
falling on Monday to $1.2818, nearing the 31-year low of $1.2798
plumbed on July 6 in the market turmoil following the late-June
While the post-referendum turmoil spurred demand for
safe-havens like the yen, analysts pointed out that the latest
slide in the pound is yet to trigger similar reaction.
"Right now the reaction to Prime Minister May setting a
departure deadline is mostly limited to the pound. A greater
negative impact on the British economy will have be witnessed
first for Brexit woes to cause broader risk aversion," said
Masafumi Yamamoto, chief currency strategist at Mizuho
Securities in Tokyo.
The Australian dollar showed little reaction to the Reserve
Bank of Australia's widely-expected policy decision to stand pat
on monetary policy.
The RBA kept its cash rate at a record low of 1.5 percent as
Australia's biggest-ever boom in apartment-building has helped
support economic activity.
The Aussie was effectively flat at $0.7671, little
changed from levels seen prior to the RBA rates announcement.
(Reporting by Shinichi Saoshiro; Editing by Simon