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U.S. M&A is mixed bag in first half of 2017

Announced U.S. merger and acquisition activity in the first half of 2017 featured more announced deals than in the first half of 2016 (up 17.3%, from 5,544 to 6,504), but less overall value (down 15.9% from $695 billion to $584 billion), according to Thomson Reuters. Global announced M&A volume was the reverse, falling 4.1% in number of deals but climbing 2.2% in total deal value.

Bottom line: We're seeing an increase in small deals and distressed deals in the U.S., but fewer takeovers of successful companies whose share prices have climbed in the longstanding bull market.