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15 March 2018

Why has M&A activity decoupled from the stock market?

Louise Green

Given the recent stock market volatility and price falls, it is perhaps difficult to recall that global equities enjoyed a stellar 2017, with robust returns and low volatility, set against a backdrop of a strong global economy and still-low interest rates.

These conditions usually spell good news for M&A activity. But this wasn't the case in 2016 or 2017, when share valuations continued to rise, while M&A activity declined.

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Based on company and deal data from Bureau van Dijk, a new report – Why has M&A activity decoupled from the stock market? (PDF) – examines these issues in detail.

Prepared by Glenn Levine, associate director in Moody's Analytics' Credit Risk Analytics Group, the report covers:

  • Why 2017 was a great year for stocks, but not so great for M&A
  • Whether the M&A cycle points to an imminent decline in the stock market
  • Evidence from other countries
  • Which industries are most affected?
  • The energy sector in more detail

Download the report (PDF) for free.


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For more information or to request a trial, visit our corporate finance and M&A research page.

Louise Green

Louise Green, Chief Marketing Officer

Louise is responsible for all elements of Bureau van Dijk’s marketing, and manages the global team, including regional marketing directors and people with key skills in content, digital and design.

Louise is responsible for all elements of Bureau van Dijk’s marketing, and manages the global team, including regional marketing directors and people with key skills in content, digital and design.

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