Value of worldwide mergers and acquisitions hits $2 trillion this year

LONDON Fri Jul 18, 2014 6:51am EDT

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LONDON (Reuters) - Worldwide mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity has reached $2 trillion so far this year, 75 percent higher than last year, according to Thomson Reuters weekly data, helped by a string of large-cap companies striking high value deals.

Eight deals valued at more than $5 billion were announced this week, setting an all-time record for weekly deal making among companies with a large market capitalization, Thomson Reuters said on Friday.

The total value of deals over $5 billion hit $915.9 billion in the year to July 17, more than triple the level seen a year ago.

One such deal came on Tuesday, when Camel cigarettes maker Reynolds American (RAI.N) said it would buy rival Lorillard (LO.N) for $26.8 billion. As part of the takeover, Britain's Imperial Tobacco Group (IMT.L) bought a number of brands and assets from both companies for $7.1 billion.

Imperial adviser Goldman Sachs (GS.N) ranked top in the M&A league tables, ahead of Morgan Stanley (MS.N) and Citi (C.N).

(Reporting by Clare Hutchison; Editing by Susan Fenton)

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unclepie wrote:
Yet Ms. Yellen is unable to perceive any asset bubble.

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