GE Signals Time to Strike Is Now as Deals Surge: Real M&A

By Brooke Sutherland and Tara Lachapelle – In the first quarter, more than 5,000 mergers or acquisitions were struck across all industries globally for a total of $660 billion, a post-financial crisis high.

“Right now, almost any deal could be put together with attractive financing, where the Excel spreadsheet tells you it’s a plus, not a minus,” Michael Shaoul, who oversees more than $20 billion as chairman and chief executive officer of Marketfield Asset Management LLC., said.

“We’re exactly five years into a recovery in global corporate profitability, and you have a bond market that’s open for business at ridiculously low rates. Now, corporate management teams are starting to build this mentality that they’re going to be a buyer or be bought.” more>



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