SINGAPORE (AP) - Oil jumped above $79 a barrel Friday in Asia, bouncing off an eight-month low after European leaders agreed to use the continent's bailout fund to funnel money directly to struggling Spanish banks.
Benchmark oil for August delivery was up $1.60 at $79.29 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract fell $2.52 to settle at $77.69, the lowest close since October, in New York on Thursday.
In London, Brent crude for August delivery was up $1.30 at $92.66 per barrel on the ICE Futures exchange.
Policymakers said at an E.U. summit early Friday that they would create a unified bank supervisory board and allow a rescue fund to recapitalize Spain's banks without boosting government debt.
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