M&A: Where the Action Is

S&P Ratings sizes up the sectors that could see the most deals in the coming year. Among the winners: banks and exchanges

Standard & Poor's Ratings Services believes that many borrowers, investors, and private equity players are growing increasingly comfortable with aggressive leverage, and the current financial environment is powering a wave of leveraged mergers and acquisitions that will likely again reach record highs. Shareholder-friendly actions, such as large debt-financed stock repurchases and special dividends, also likely will set new records in 2007.

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