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Merger Monday’s Excitement Damped by Stock Volatility: Real M&A

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Merger Monday is back. Traders just aren’t reacting with the usual fanfare.

Energy Transfer Partners LP, Rock-Tenn Co., AT&T Inc. and Post Holdings Inc. are among companies that announced acquisitions Jan. 26 in what may signal another big year for deal making. January is already off to the busiest start in more than a decade, with $157 billion of transactions so far, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.