Why M&A Is Shaking Off Its Slumber

Says M&A expert Tom Taulli: The valuations right now are attractive, and the cost of capital is low

Merger-and-acquisitions activity is gathering steam -- and that bodes well for the stock market, says Tom Taulli, author of The Complete M&A Handbook and several other books on the market. The most promising area for mergers is tech, he notes. That sector was hardest hit by the bear market, "yet many of these companies have large amounts of cash, more streamlined operations, and are more profitable," Taulli says.

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