The Australian dollar jumped about 0.3 percentage point, paring earlier losses, while U.S. S&P stock futures erased earlier losses on Thursday after a series of Chinese data eased worries about a slowdown in China.
The Australian dollar jumped to $0.8824 AUD=, still down slightly on the day, but up around a quarter of a cent from before the data announcement.
Against the Japanese yen, the Aussie rose to 77.90 yen AUDJPY=R from around 77.50 yen before the data. It is still down 0.2 percent on the day.
S&P futures SPc1 erased earlier losses and were 0.17 percent higher on the day at 1,093.00, compared to around 1,090 before the data. (Reporting by Masayuki Kitano; Editing by Charlotte Cooper)