Oil crosses $80
Crude prices pushed through the 80-dollar mark in Asian trade Friday on better-than-expected US employment numbers and as protests rocked oil-producing nation Ecuador, analysts said.
New York's main contract, light sweet crude for delivery in November, rose 55 cents to 80.52 dollars a barrel.
Brent North Sea crude for November delivery gained 41 cents to 82.72 dollars.
Crude markets continued their rise from Thursday. "The better-than-expected employment data and protests in OPEC member nation Ecuador supported prices," the Commonwealth Bank of Australia said in a report.