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Deal-making spike seen as positive sign for U.S. stock market, for now

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By Lewis KrauskopfNEW YORK (Reuters) - Investors are optimistic that a pickup in corporate acquisitions stands to support the volatile U.S. stock market, and does not represent a worrisome cyclical sign.Global mergers and acquisitions have had their strongest start to a year ever, according to data from Thomson Reuters Deals Intelligence. The $1.23 trillion in first-quarter global deal-making came in just shy of the $1.31 trillion in the fourth quarter of 2015, which on a quarterly basis marked a multi-year high. However, heightened deal-making could be an ominous signal, if it suggests ...

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First Published: Fri, April 13 2018. 10:38 IST