“A flurry of acquisitions announced within hours of each other Thursday, for everything from ketchup to airlines to drug wholesaling, suggests big-time deal-making is back after a nearly six-year absence from Wall Street.
Mergers and acquisitions took a sharp tumble after the financial crisis, as economic uncertainty and paranoia on corporate boards kept deal-making on the sidelines. This year, though, has been different.
The $40 billion-worth of deals struck Thursday brings the total value of M&A transactions announced since January to nearly $160 billion, the fastest start to a year since 2005, according to Dealogic. M&A volumes historically follow the lead of the stock market, and the 6.67% increase in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index this year suggests more are on the way….”Twitter