UPDATE 1-Brent steady above $111, supported by China growth data
* China's economy rebounds in Q4, 2012; weakest since 1999
* Housing, labour data provide upbeat signs on U.S. economy
* Brent targets $111.82 -technicals
* Coming Up: U.S. Reuters/UMich consumer sentiment; 1455 GMT
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SINGAPORE, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Brent crude steadied above $111 per barrel on Friday, supported by a rebound in China's growth and encouraging data from the United States, while a steep jump in the previous session, triggered partly by an Algerian crisis, limited further gains.
Fourth-quarter growth in the world's second-largest economy was a little stronger than expected, at 7.9 percent versus analyst forecasts of 7.8 percent, while a sharp drop in U.S. unemployment claims and a surge in residential construction helped boost investor confidence.
Front-month Brent added 10 cents to stand at $111.20 a barrel by 0526 GMT, extending Thursday's jump of $1.42. U.S. oil was up 11 cents at $95.60, after ending up $1.25 and touching an intraday peak of $96.04, its highest since Sept. 19.
"The China data was largely in line with expectations and that's reflected in the oil markets. At the moment, it's steady as it goes," said Ric Spooner, chief market analyst at CMC Markets in Sydney.
"The broad demand outlook is for moderate growth so markets should be generally preparing to improve, although for Brent, the upside may be limited by adequate supply."
Brent is headed for its third weekly gain in four, while U.S. crude is poised for its sixth weekly gain.
China's fourth-quarter bounce from growth of 7.4 percent in the third quarter -- its lowest since the depths of the global financial crisis -- left full year growth at 7.8 percent, making 2012 the weakest year of economic expansion since 1999.
Other data released alongside GDP showed industrial output grew 10.3 percent in December from a year ago, versus expectations of 10.1 percent.
Its implied oil demand rose to a record high in December, although its annual increase of 4.5 percent in 2012 was lower than 6.3 percent in 2012. Still, recent data suggests that China has bounced out of the slump seen earlier in the year, which may prop up demand from the world's second-biggest oil consumer.
The data shows that "China entered 2013 with healthy growth momentum," RBS analysts said in a report.
"While we do expect some moderation of sequential quarter-on-quarter growth in the first-half, in our view, China is now on track for around 8.4 percent GDP growth this year, after 7.8 percent in 2012."
China's numbers followed data from the United States that gave investors confidence the world's largest oil consumer is weathering an uncertain fiscal environment surprisingly well.
The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment aid hit a five-year low last week and residential construction surged in December, the latest signs that the U.S. economic recovery remains on track.
The optimism following the U.S. data, as well as supply concerns after a seizure by Islamic militants of a gas facility in OPEC producer Algeria, boosted oil prices by more than a dollar in the previous session.
Algerian forces stormed a desert gas complex to free hundreds of hostages but 30, including several Westerners, were killed in the assault, along with at least 11 of their Islamist captors, an Algerian security source told Reuters.
(Additional reporting by Ramya Venugopal; Editing by Clarence Fernandes)