Jenny Cosgrave, NBR, CNBC.com’s Posts

Fund managers’ allocations to stocks are looking “stretched”, and could be followed by an autumn correction, a new report said on Tuesday. Equity allocations hit their second-highest level in 13 years this month, with some 61 percent of investors now overweight stocks, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML)’s regular global fund management report. …

Oil prices are heading for their third consecutive weekly loss as tensions in the Middle East and North Africa ease, but supply risks in the region for next year remain “extraordinarily high”, the International Energy Agency (IEA) warned. Markets are “more optimistic” about future supply, the energy watchdog said in its July report on Friday, …

Apple’s heavily heralded iWatch, tipped to launch in the autumn this year, could dent the profits of the Swiss company behind the popular Swatch brand, according to analysts. The Swiss watch market is dominated by two brands: Richemont — home to luxury brands such as Piaget, Alfred Dunhill, Montblanc and Jaeger-LeCoultre — and Swatch — which also makes timepieces under …

Uber saw the number of new customers signing up to its London service jump to record levels on Wednesday, as cab drivers across Europe went on strike in protest of the taxi hailing app. Uber said there has been an 850 percent increase in sign-ups compared to last Wednesday and accused London taxi union the …

Investors and policymakers worldwide are braced for a shake-up of global markets, due to heightening tensions and sanctions in Ukraine and Russia. Market watchers have warned that a further clampdown on Russia by the West could threaten Europe’s fragile recovery and risk a “credit crisis” in Russia and beyond. Read More Ukraine crisis: Germany calls for …

As Russian president Vladimir Putin signed a treaty on Tuesday making Crimea part of Russia, a little-known region in neighboring Moldova has also pleaded to join the country. Russian loyalists in the breakaway region of Trans-Dniester, which shares a border with Ukraine, asked the parliament in Russia to write new laws that would allow them …

Fears of a bank run in Ukraine are rising, as central bank reserves sink and some 7 percent of bank deposits were lost in just 3 days. Ukraine’s reserves currently sit at $15 billion, according to the country’s newly appointed central bank governor, Stepan Kubiv. Kubiv said 7 percent of deposits, or 30 billion hryvnias …

The world’s largest listed companies paid out more than $1 trillion in dividends for the first time, a new report shows. Investors were awarded $1.027 trillion of dividends last year, as pay-outs have increased by $310 billion since 2009, according to research from Henderson Global Investors. (Read more: It’s time to cash in on dividends) Dividend …