Some $171.8 billion of cross-border merger and acquisition deals between U.S. and European companies have been announced so far in 2017, the highest figure at this stage of the year for a decade as companies on both sides of the Atlantic hunt for deals to offset sluggish growth.
The stream of U.S. energy companies going public at the start of 2017 has dried up on concerns over the future direction of oil prices, but private buyers seeking mergers and acquisitions are ready to take advantage of the volatility to secure cheap deals.
The EC yesterday formally blocked the proposed merger between London Stock Exchange Group and Deutsche Boerse AG-Tender. This was expected. The EC is expected to publish a more detailed decision at a later date. London Stock Exchange Group also announced a £200 million buyback program.
World stocks fell on Monday, after two huge European merger and acquisition deals fell through and billionaire U.S. investor Warren Buffett warned that while stocks are cheap, they are currently unpredictable and prone to a sudden, steep correction.
Technology whizzes who helped Goldman Sachs eliminate hundreds of trading jobs over the past few years are venturing into the bank's flagship M&A business, making some junior bankers uneasy.
Biotechnology companies, whose U.S. shares soared Wednesday after Republican Donald Trump's presidential election, may soon see another benefit: an uptick in biotech M&A.

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General Electric won European Union antitrust clearance on Tuesday to buy Alstom's power unit after agreeing to sell some of the French company's assets to Italian competitor Ansaldo Energia.
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The junior miners, commodity and precious metals sectors could be on the verge of a major bottom.